Epigenetic Response

Some scientists are taking issue with Pulitzer Prize-winning author and physician Siddhartha Mukherjee's piece in the New Yorker on epigenetics. In it, Mukherjee explores the relationship between nature and nurture and how that might be mediated by epigenetics. He starts his article off by sharing the story of his mother and her identical twin sister.

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A new study in JAMA finds that genetic tests might not be able to determine what diet is right for someone seeking to lose weight.

A genome-wide association study that linked common genetic variants to salivary gland carcinoma risk has been retracted, according to Retraction Watch.

Vampire bats' ability to live off blood is etched in their genomes and gut microbiomes, the Scientist reports.

In Genome Biology this week: peopling of the Sahara, epigenetic reprogramming analysis of liverwort, and more.