Genetics

Genetics is the branch of science concerned with genes, heredity, and variation in living organisms. It seeks to understand the process of trait inheritance from parents to offspring, including the molecular structure and function of genes, gene behaviour in the context of a cell or organism (e.g. dominance and epigenetics), gene distribution, and variation and change in populations.

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    Three recent metagenomic studies analyse methanogenesis-related genes in previously uncharacterized, sediment-inhabiting archaeal lineages. They elucidate the metabolic capacity encoded in the genomes of these lineages, yet how these organisms harness energy is still a mystery.

    • Joana C. Xavier
    •  & William F. Martin
    Nature Microbiology 4, 547-549
  • News and Views |

    Rapid diagnostic tests capable of detecting any potential pathogen are needed to improve the efficacy of antimicrobial therapy and inform antimicrobial stewardship efforts. A new metagenomics-based test that detects microbial DNA in human blood can identify a diverse array of pathogens from any source in the body.

    • Justin O’Grady
    Nature Microbiology 4, 554-555
  • Comments and Opinion |

    We discussed with five scientists what the sources and roles of real-world evidence are, how we can use such data in clinical trials and how these data can be converted into useful information that can impact patient management and regulatory decisions in oncology.

    • Hannah Stower