11 Jan 2016

New protocol allows links between DNA methylation and gene expression to be studied in the same cells

A new single-cell genomics method to study links between DNA modifications (methylation) and the activity of a gene has been developed. This is the first method that allows scientists to study the epigenome and transcriptome of a single cell in parallel, helping researchers pinpoint the relationship between changes in DNA methylation and gene expression. 

18 Dec 2015

Cichlid fish from a tiny volcanic crater have been caught in the act of sympatric speciation

Can new species really evolve if there is no physical boundary to drive genetic separation? Physical and genomic evidence from the 700-metre wide volcanic crater Lake Massoko appears to have caught the process in the act