This Week in Science

In an article published this week in Science Express, a retrotransposon was linked to stubby dog legs. Retrotransposons are transposons that are first transcribed into RNA, then reverse transcribed back to DNA before being re-inserted into the genome. Looking at more than 40,000 DNA markers to find genes associated with leg length in domestic dogs, NHGRI scientists found fibroblast growth factor 4 to be strongly associated with short legs in dogs, including the dachshund, corgi, and basset hound.

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NPR reports that researchers in Italy are testing a gene drive aimed at controlling mosquito populations.

Researchers may experience the effects of the government shutdown for a while, the Los Angeles Times reports.

A new study finds that the majority of patients at a Tijuana clinic received a diagnosis after first-line genome sequencing, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

In Genome Biology this week: post-transcriptional modification-based stratification of glioblastoma, single-cell analysis of gene expression and methylation in human iPSCs, and more.