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Want To Be Happy? Get Some Danish DNA

They say money can't buy happiness. Can genetics?<p>Some people seem to be happy no matter what. If you visit many places in Africa, even when the …

Catholic biologist Ken Miller talks about God and evolution

<i>Panda’s Thumb</i> called my attention to an interview of biochemist, author, ID opponent, and theistic evolutionist Kenneth Miller from Brown University. …

What makes a Nature Genetics paper?

In the editorial published in the current issue of <i>Nature Genetics</i>, we draw attention to the development and implementation of community standards for …

PhD applications: Your science or your story?

<i>Contributor Aimee Eckert</i><p>When I started my first year of A-Levels, my father sat my younger sister and I down and told us he was terminally ill. …

Getting to the Bottom of Fecal Transplants | DNA Science Blog

Imagine that you are a bacterium, comfortably living inside a human bowel movement.<p>Suddenly, a chemical attack kills most of your neighbors. As other …

Wilson Disease – A Genetic Success Story | DNA Science Blog

A woman I never met, Ingrid, has taught thousands of students about Wilson disease, an inborn error of copper metabolism. But she never knew it, and …

The Menopause Toolkit and Summer Sci-Fi | DNA Science Blog

One of the worst feelings a woman of a certain age can experience is when someone stupidly asks, “<i>When is your baby due?</i>” and points to the bulge …

Vaccine Memories: From Polio to Autism | DNA Science Blog

<i>“April 15 – Polio Vaccine Perfected!!!!”</i><p>So wrote my mother in 1955, on the “<i>Baby’s Health Record</i>” page of my baby book. I unearthed it a few days ago …

Transferable skills and storytelling

<b>Storytelling is a part of everyone’s lives, from childhood to parenthood, and even at career path transitions.</b><p>On Thursday June 19th I chaired a panel …

Happy DNA Day!

Today is the 61st anniversary of the publication of the structure of DNA in <i>Nature</i> by James Watson and Francis Crick. Even though there are no …

New non-coding RNAs keep stem cells stemmy

Stem cells are increasingly being used to develop new disease treatments and to understand the basic biology of a number of diseases. However, one of …

Enhancing our knowledge of regulatory evolution

A paper published online this week in <i>Nature</i> <i>Genetics</i> mapped the enhancer regions of 5 <i></i>fruit fly species to better understand the evolution of …

Love for Nature Genetics

In a previous blog post, I asked “what makes a <i>Nature Genetics</i> paper?” I have been slow to follow up on the post with my own answers to that question, …

Data Matters: credit and quality of data (part I)

<i>Data Matters presents a series of interviews related to data sharing and data standards. We interviewed biogeographer Jens Kattge, team leader at the</i> …

Coping in the era of cyber-Darwinism

<i>Contributor Simon Peyda</i><p>The World Wide Web celebrated a quarter of a century this year. I am old enough to have witnessed the advent of internet and …

When a PhD isn’t enough

<b>Contributor Bianca Marcolino</b><p>“You need to beg, borrow and steal” was the advice I was given by a Pfizer medical director on how to enter the …