Explore Topics Related to Genetics

Thumbnail Body Bacteria
Scientist investigates skin bacteria.
Thumbnail HIV on the Brain
Graduate student researches genetic mutations that affect HIV’s ability to infect the brain.
Thumbnail A Light on Life’s Rhythms
Postdoctoral researcher studies circadian rhythms in mice to learn how the human brain regulates bodily functions.
Thumbnail Mountains and Mouse Genes
Biostatistician studies mouse genetics to link gene combinations to traits.
Thumbnail The Right Fit
Clinical pharmacist researches how genes affect the body’s response to medicines.
Thumbnail Genetic Footprints
Evolutionary geneticist studies evolution and its role in shaping human history and human health.
Thumbnail Past to Present
Evolutionary biologist uses computers and other molecular biology tools to locate ancestral receptor genes.
Thumbnail Living With Huntington's
Molecular biologist studies how a devastating brain disorder dismantles and destroys cells.
Thumbnail Mastering Stem Cells
Researcher pursues the properties and uses of stem cells.
Thumbnail Dr. Data
Doctor-scientist uses computers to re-classify diseases.
Thumbnail Recipe for Sleep
Neuroscientist studies the basic biology of sleep.
Thumbnail Science Without Borders
Geneticist works with researchers throughout the world to study malaria.
Thumbnail Bugging the Bugs
Bacterial geneticist studies how bacteria communicate with each other.
Thumbnail A Sting of Love
Entomologist Gene Robinson studies honeybees to search for genetic underpinnings of behavior.
Thumbnail A Perfect Mix
Biologist bridges biology and mathematics in her quest to track the activity of thousands of genes.
Thumbnail Planting Seeds
Biologist studies the genetic secrets of bacteria that can infect both plants and humans.
Thumbnail A Great Divide
Molecular biologist’s basic research probes how cells grow and divide.
Thumbnail The Worm Returns
Biologist uses glow-in-the-dark fluorescent labels to study cells in flatworms.
Thumbnail NIGMS Is on Instagram!
NIGMS is now on Instagram ( @NIGMS_NIH), beaming all the gorgeous science images you can’t get enough of straight to your mobile devices.
Thumbnail There’s an “Ome” for That
Rapid advances in technology and computational tools are allowing researchers to categorize many aspects of the biological world.
Thumbnail Spotlight on Videos: Scientists in Action
Janet Iwasa, Molecular Animator, and Laura Kiessling, Carbohydrate Scientist discuss their work in video inteviews.
Thumbnail On the Trails of Drug-Defying Superbugs
Studying how bacteria can become resistant to the antibiotics we use to combat them could aid efforts to curb the emergence of antibiotic resistance.
Thumbnail Say Cheese
Scientists learn about the role of biofilms in our bodies and in the environment by studying the rinds of aged cheeses.
Thumbnail How Bacterial Slime Clogs the Works
Time-lapse movie reveals how bacteria clog medical devices like stents and catheters.
Thumbnail Mysterious Rare Blood Type Explained
Scientists develop a gene test for a rare blood type.
Thumbnail Chromosomal Caps in Sickness and in Health
Every cell in your body has a clock called a telomere that ticks down the number of times it can safely divide. If scientists could make drugs to control telomeres, they could perhaps treat diseases of aging as well as cancer.
Thumbnail How Bacteria Defend Themselves Against Fluoride
Scientists discover that many bacteria can defend themselves against fluoride.
Thumbnail Drakes: A Mythological Model Organism
Scientists use video games to teach genetics to kids.
Thumbnail Making Heads or Tails of Regeneration
Researchers discover how flatworms know the correct body part to regrow from a wound site.
Thumbnail Belly Button Bacteria
Scientists find 1,400 different strains of belly button bacteria in a study of a hundred people.
Thumbnail Starved Parents, Obese Children?
Paternal diet triggers epigenetic changes that may affect lipid metabolism and disease risk in offspring.
Thumbnail DNA Sequences Expose Fishy Sushi
DNA barcodes help high school students uncover true ingredients in sushi.
Thumbnail Cells for Sight
Scientists identify eye cells that help mice that lack rods and cones see.
Thumbnail Breaking Up Biofilms is Hard to Do
Researchers may have uncovered a way to disband bacteria that are the source for infections.
Thumbnail Rx: Genome Sequence
Scientists study the human genome to find out if an individual is at risk for certain diseases.
Thumbnail Naturally Curly
Researchers discover genes that account for coat texture in all dogs.
Thumbnail The Bad Side of a Good Drug
Anesthesiologists at the Medical College of Wisconsin are trying to figure out how anesthetics work in the body.
Thumbnail Cancer Therapy's Got Rhythm
Scientists have evidence that circadian rhythms affect the safety and effectiveness of certain cancer drugs.
Thumbnail Why Sleep?
Scientists use fruit flies to find out why we sleep.
Thumbnail Reading DNA Like a Book
Scientists use a computerized technique that scans text in books to scan DNA.
Thumbnail Bugs On Us
Geneticist studies genetic material in skin bacteria.
Thumbnail Lifestyle Effects
Scientist studies how the environment shapes our DNA.
Thumbnail Mystery Malaria
Parasitologist studies the evolution of the malaria-causing parasite, P. vivax, in hopes of finding a cure for the disease.
Thumbnail Chimp Changes
Scientists are investigating whether the human immune reaction against the glycan molecule “Gc” may spur some cancers and infectious diseases.
Thumbnail Corn Gets an A
Researchers find genetic markers in corn that could help identify which varieties are rich in Vitamin A.
Thumbnail Molecules Make Memories
Researcher uses an engineering approach to build a simple memory circuit in yeast cells.
Thumbnail Overworked Gene Repair Kit Tied to Huntington's
Although Huntington’s disease is an inherited condition involving a defective gene, symptoms usually don't appear until middle age.
Thumbnail Will Fight for Food
Behavioral geneticist uses fruit flies to look for genes that might be linked to aggression.
Thumbnail Protein Linked to Cleft Lip and Palate
Scientists discovered a broken gene in the cells of a child with cleft palate.
Thumbnail Genes Affect Breast Cancer Drug Benefit
Some people don't benefit from the cancer drug tamoxifen, and new research shows that their genetic make-up plays a role.
Thumbnail Forget the Surgery?
Scientists find that the amygdala—a brain region involved in fear, anxiety, and other emotions—helps anesthetics wipe out memories.
Thumbnail Stressed Out DNA
Psychological stress causes damage by boosting levels of harmful chemicals inside cells.
Thumbnail Genes Help Treat Trauma
Compared to healthy people, trauma patients' white blood cells show dramatic differences in the activity of certain genes.
Thumbnail Seeing Red
A genetic variation in some red-haired women revealed that they needed a higher dose of anesthesia.
Thumbnail Heard It From a Fly
Using fruit flies as a model system, scientists make a fundamental discovery about hearing.
Thumbnail Finding a Cancer Drug's Mistakes
Research may play a significant role in developing the next generation of drugs to treat a type of cancer.
Thumbnail The Side Effects of a Misspelling
Because of a small genetic difference, some people have much higher levels of a cancer drug than most patients given the same dose.?