The human genome provides a precise, biological blueprint of life. To implement this blueprint correctly, the genome must be read with great precision, but it's impossible for this process to be completely error-free. Mistakes during transcription - random errors in how DNA sequences are copied for a gene to be expressed - can happen any time in any number of ways.
Energy continues to build for the role of the mitochondrion in health and disease, a field pioneered by Douglas Wallace, PhD, director of the Center for Mitochondrial and Epigenomic Medicine at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
The year is off to a great start, with plenty of research news to report. This biweekly installment of In the News describes a new study in the emerging field of lymphatics, shares an editorial on advancements in neonatology, and highlights research to keep teen drivers safe.