Searching for Genetic Treasures
Imagine finding a treasure chest that contains all of the precious gems and metals ever mined, but you can only lift the lid far enough to see the glint of gold and the sparkle of diamonds. That's how some biologists felt not too long ago. Advances in computer technology have opened the genetic treasure chest all the way, revealing the human genome and answering questions about diseases, drug treatments and even crimes.
Drakes: A Mythological Model Organism | 6/27/11
Web-based games involving fantastical creatures are teaching high school students about genetics.
Scanning the Environment for Disease Risks | 7/15/10
A new "enviromics" technique sheds light on the development of type 2 diabetes and possibly other complex diseases.
Zooming in on Gene Regulation | 4/8/10
New bioinformatics tools help scientists identify genetic similarities and differences between species.
Comparing Genomes to Find What Makes Us Human | 5/21/09
Scientists have developed a computer program to identify DNA sequences that differ between chimps and us.
Gene Teams Help Govern Sleep Patterns | 3/18/09
Scientists use gene chip data to examine differences in the sleep patterns of fruit flies.
Math Gives Blood | 2/25/09
A new mathematical tool could help doctors use genetics to accurately predict the ideal dose of a commonly prescribed blood thinner.
Geneticist Sarah Tishkoff on Human Genetic Diversity (MOV) | 7/23/08
Listen to Sarah Tishkoff talk about the role of computers in understanding the evolution of human genes.
Computing Evolutionary Trees Using Ancient Molecules | 5/28/08
Molecular biologists have used sophisticated computational tools to confirm that dinosaurs are more closely related to modern birds than to reptiles.
Working Hand in Glove with Computational Biology | 10/2/07
Studying sunflower genetics could tell us how new species arise, how we can better control weeds and whether we should worry about genetically modified organisms.