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<p>The computational biologist John Novembre uses our genetic code to rewrite the history of humanity.</p>
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A Map of Human History, Hidden in DNA

The computational biologist John Novembre uses our genetic code to rewrite the history of humanity.

<p>How to calculate when a gene’s rate of evolution will slow to a crawl.</p>
insights puzzle

Solution: ‘A Ticking Evolutionary Clock’

How to calculate when a gene’s rate of evolution will slow to a crawl.

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">How quickly will a gene’s rate of evolution slow to a crawl?</span></p>
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A Ticking Evolutionary Clock

How quickly will a gene’s rate of evolution slow to a crawl?

<p>A virus that causes crippling birth defects has been shown to do something else: It changes thousands of messages coming from DNA that control normal cellular activities.</p>
viruses

Viruses Find a New Way to Hijack Cells

A virus that causes crippling birth defects has been shown to do something else: It changes thousands of messages coming from DNA that control normal cellular activities.

<p>Bioluminescent organisms have evolved dozens of times over the course of life’s history. Recent studies are narrowing in on the complicated biochemistry needed to illuminate the dark.</p>
bioluminescence

In the Deep, Clues to How Life Makes Light

Bioluminescent organisms have evolved dozens of times over the course of life’s history. Recent studies are narrowing in on the complicated biochemistry needed to illuminate the dark.

<p>A new look at the reasons why organisms missing pairs of genes sometimes do much better than normal.</p>
Abstractions blog

Why Some Genetic Miscues Are Helpful

A new look at the reasons why organisms missing pairs of genes sometimes do much better than normal.

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The cell is equipped with multiple redundancies in case something goes wrong. Researchers have begun to map these systems.</span></p>
Abstractions blog

The Cell’s Backup Genetic Instructions

The cell is equipped with multiple redundancies in case something goes wrong. Researchers have begun to map these systems.

<p>In a monumental set of experiments, spread out over nearly two decades, biologists removed genes two at a time to uncover the secret workings of the cell.</p>
genomics

Giant Genetic Map Shows Life’s Hidden Links

In a monumental set of experiments, spread out over nearly two decades, biologists removed genes two at a time to uncover the secret workings of the cell.

<p>Gene drives promise to spread a trait across an entire population. But evolutionary forces are going to alter even the best-engineered plans.</p>
evolution

Genetic Engineering to Clash With Evolution

Gene drives promise to spread a trait across an entire population. But evolutionary forces are going to alter even the best-engineered plans.