recombination

This Week in Science

In Science this week: recombination hotspots, journal website hijacking, and more.

Based on comparisons between piRNA clusters in mouse, rat, and other mammalian genomes, University of Michigan researchers found evidence that piRNAs are likely under positive selection and capable of rapid expansion.

The University of Maryland, Baltimore is now participating in Horizon's "Targeting Cancer Consortium," in which the company supplies its gene-engineering platform to academic researchers, who create cellular disease models that Horizon in-licenses and sells to drug makers.

An international research team has sequenced the 1.4 million base pair genome of a Wolbachia pipientis strain that infects Drosophila simulans and causes cytoplasmic incompatibility during the fly's mating process.

CalTech's Peter Bossaerts and colleagues studied whether giving participants equal shares of an invention, and the right to trade them, is better than existing patent models. Bossaerts discussed some of the study's implications for current patent-based economies in a BTW interview.

CNBC reports that Amazon invested in the startup Grail as it sees an opportunity for its cloud computing company in genomics.

Lawrence Krauss writes at Slate that science is needed for good public policy and should not be ignored.

Researchers are working on re-making the yeast genome from scratch, according to the Associated Press.

In Cell this week: functional profiling of Plasmodium genome, a self-inactivating rabies virus, and more.