The mathematics of taste
January 24, 2012By using ‘genetic programming’ to crossbreed algorithms, researchers help flavor companies figure out what their customers like.
Neuroscientists identify a master controller of memory
December 22, 2011One gene appears to regulate the brain’s ability to form new memories.
Unraveling how a mutation can lead to psychiatric illness
November 17, 2011MIT neuroscientists show that a gene linked with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder impairs early brain development.
Analysis of 29 mammals reveals genomic ‘dark matter’
October 13, 2011Genomic comparison offers a new map for charting human disease and biology.
Scientists unveil tools for rewriting the code of life
July 15, 2011New technology from MIT and Harvard can edit DNA at the genome scale, giving cells novel functions.
Scientists decipher 3-billion-year-old genomic fossils
December 21, 2010Analysis of modern-day genomes finds evidence for ancient environmental change and a massive expansion in genetic diversity.
3 Questions: Evelyn Fox Keller on the nature-nurture debates
November 30, 2010In a new book, prominent historian of science dismisses the ‘unanswerable’ question of whether heredity or the environment matter more in human development.
Proteins linked to longevity also linked to Alzheimer’s
July 27, 2010Sirtuins appear to control production of the devastating protein fragments that form plaques in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients.