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  • What the Inuit can tell us about omega-3 fats and ‘paleo’ diets

    What the Inuit can tell us about omega-3 fats and ‘paleo’ diets

    The traditional diet of Greenland natives – the Inuit – is held up as an example of how high levels of omega-3 fatty acids can counterbalance the bad health effects of a high-fat diet, but a new study led by Rasmus Nielsen hints that what’s true for the Inuit may not be true for everyone [...]

  • Octopus genome reveals cephalopod secrets

    Octopus genome reveals cephalopod secrets

    An international team of scientists co-led by Daniel Rokhsar has sequenced the genome of an octopus, bringing researchers closer to discovering the genes involved in the creature’s unusual biology, including its ability to change skin color and texture and a distributed brain that allows its eight arms to move independently.

  • Genome analysis pinpoints arrival and spread of first Americans

    Genome analysis pinpoints arrival and spread of first Americans

    The original Americans came from Siberia in a single wave no more than 23,000 years ago, at the height of the last Ice Age, and apparently hung out in the north – perhaps for thousands of years – before spreading in two distinct populations throughout North and South America, according to a new genomic analysis [...]

  • Bringing up baby

    Bringing up baby

    While proponents of complete sequencing at birth speak of the dawn of precision medicine, a time when doctors will be able to go directly to the genome to predict and address a person’s health needs, Steven Brenner and his research collaborators think sequencing will, initially, not be nearly as effective and advise caution.