Genomics tidbits

Its been a little quiet round these parts over the past month, as the daily juggle between motherhood, work and blogging usually ends in me dropping the blogging ball.  I do have a couple of posts in the works, but in the meantime here’s a few tidbits from the past week in the genomics world to keep ya’ll occupied…

A new group blog on personal genomics called Genomics Unzipped has hit the blogosphere.  According to their inaugural post, they aim to “provide you with independent analysis of advances in the field of genetics, with a particular focus on implications for the budding industry of personal genomics. We’ll also be discussing ways in which you can make the most of your own genetic data using online resources and techniques developed by researchers”.  Several established bloggers will be contributing to Genomics Unzipped, including Genetic Future‘s Daniel MacArthur, Genomics Law Report‘s Dan Vorhaus, Luke Jostins from Genetic Inference

The genome of Volvox carteria multicellular algae, was published in the latest issue of Science.  The genome is a step forward for US Department of Energy researchers investigating how photosynthetic organisms convert sunlight to energy for potential sources of biofuels.   The researchers compared the genome of V. carteri with that Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, a unicellular algae used extensively for research on potential algal biofuel generation.  There were surprisingly few differences between the two genomes, suggesting that the evolution of multicellularity (there’s a mouthful) is not as complicated as once thought.

Another paper published in Science claiming to have identified genetic signatures of longevity appears to have a few major flaws.  Genetic future and Newsweek have more…


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