Testing Human Flaws

While genomic technologies may offer all kinds of ways to improve human life and health, they also may pose some uncomfortable philosophical questions about what it means to be human and imperfect.

In another installment in a series seeking to translate contemporary genomics issues for a popular audience, the Vancouver Sun's Randy Shore says prenatal testing is one particular area in which genomic knowledge can lead to difficult questions.

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NPR reports that Turkish high school students will no longer study evolution.

Researchers report they sequenced and identified plant species in an "al fresco" laboratory.

An Australian team searches for genetic alterations linked to depression in hopes of developing personalized treatments, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

In PNAS this week: host contributors to typhoid fever risk, effects of obesity-related variants near TMEM18, and more.