A retrovirus that's been integrated into the human genome appears to have a role in embryonic development, researchers report.
Differences in DNA methylation could be used to distinguish between DNA samples obtained from identical twins, researchers say.
In PLOS this week: phylogenetic study of hepatitis E viruses in Swedish moose, recombination sites in the honeybee genome, and more.
An Australian study of personalized medicine has run into problems as it recruits patients.
The proposed Canadian budget emphasizes partnerships with industry, Nature News reports.
The University of Arizona's Raina Maier writes that an understanding of the Earth's microbiome is needed.
In Science this week: mtDNA analysis give glimpse into decline of Neanderthals in Europe, and more.
Many researchers call the work by Chinese scientists, who used the gene editing technology on human germlines, unethical, among other things.
At Technology Review, University of California,Berkeley's Jennifer Doudna discusses the power, and possible perils, of genome editing.
Researchers say there's a genetic component behind why mosquitoes seem to like some people more than others.
In Nature this week: draft genomes of cultivated Upland cotton, and more.
In a New York Times op-ed, Eric Lander argues that forensic science needs to be of high quality.
Newt Gingrich calls for a doubling of the National Institutes of Health budget.
Color Genomics, a low-cost breast cancer genetic testing company, enters the fray, while others band together to work out the meaning of variants of unknown significance.
In Genome Biology this week: investigation of host expression and microbial communities in pouchitis, liver fluke genome sequencing, and more.
Researchers plan to share Ebola and MERS viral sequence data more quickly.
Penn State researchers home in on a gene linked to the melting point of chocolate.
Stanford University's Karl Deisseroth and Xiaoliang Sunney Xie from Harvard University are this year's recipients of the Albany Medical Center Prize.
In PNAS this week: microbial communities of household dust, sequencing study of desiccation tolerance in the Resurrection Plant, and more.
Liquid biopsies and DNA tests may be able to tell physicians whether a cancer patient is relapsing, the New York Times reports.
FASEB says guidelines proposed by the NIH to bolster research reproducibility are premature and don't take the full range of scientific studies into consideration.
Nautilus' Alexandra Ossola examines how Tay-Sachs disease jump-started the genetic disease testing field.
In PLOS this week: GWAS links gene to noise-induced hearing loss in mice, population genetics of malaria parasites, and more.
The World Health Organization calls for the public release of clinical trial results within a year of the completion of data collection.
Nature has retracted a 2002 epigenetics paper for image manipulation.