Molecular Genetics

Long-Forgotten Research Unearths New Mystery About Lyme Disease

By Charles Piller Introduction On the top of a stack of documents in his garage was a mysterious note, penned boldly in red ink in the scientist’s unmistakable handwriting. “I wondered why somebody didn’t do something,” it said. “Then I realized that I am somebody.” _______________ Discovery sparks questions about factors that may make ailment … Continue reading Long-Forgotten Research Unearths New Mystery About Lyme Disease

Virus steals black widow poison gene to help it attack

By Bob Holmes Genetic Theft In one of the most unexpected genetic thefts ever, a virus that infects bacteria appears to have stolen the gene coding for the poison of the black widow spiders. The virus, named WO, probably uses the gene to help it attack its targets. Viruses often steal genes from their hosts. … Continue reading Virus steals black widow poison gene to help it attack