Month: September 2014

Drawing a BLUEPRINT for blood cells

An EU-funded project is looking beyond genetics to see what governs how our blood cells are created and how they function

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Hide and seq: tracking down viruses

16.09.14 The genetic code of a virus is a million times shorter than ours and changes quickly. Velislava Petrova explains how to find and track these slippery foes

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Poised and waiting for malaria’s next move

11.09.14 Scientists across Africa have set up a network to track and rapidly respond to the emergence of antimalarial drug resistance. Sanger International Fellow Abdoulaye Djimdé explains why it’s so vital

The deep end

10.09.14 Stepping out of a science degree and into a communications role was never going to be easy, says Sophia Berry

Experimental design and population data. Credit: Carneiro et al., Science/AAAS DOI: 10.1126/science.1253714

How do animals become domesticated?

08.09.14 Rabbits provide an excellent model for studying the genetics of domestication. Bronwen Aken explains how changes in their genomes explain shifts in behaviour

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Odour, ardour and anger

04.09.14 Why do male and female mice behave differently? As Ximena Ibarra-Soria explains, smell plays a role but it’s not as straightforward as you might expect.