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The human genome ten years on, and introducing the News&Views forum

The human genome ten years on, and introducing the News&Views forum

The draft human genome sequence, announced with much fanfare in 2000, promised great insights into human biology, medicine and evolution. In a special in this week’s issue, whose content is free to read online, Nature asks whether the sequence has delivered the insights that were anticipated, and what lessons have been learned from the first post-genome decade. Human genetics in 2010 looks infinitely more complex, and questions about how to make sense of the explosion in biological data are only becoming more pressing. Read articles in Editorial, Features, Opinion (including articles by Robert Weinberg, by Craig Venter and by Francis Collins), Books & Arts, and News & Views, listen to our podcast and see past Nature collections.  Read more

Nature Chemistry celebrates its first birthday

Nature Chemistry celebrates its first birthday

April 2010 marks the first anniversary of the launch of Nature Chemistry. To celebrate, the editors have put together a compilation of their favourite articles from the first 12 issues. The selection, from ‘Chemistry goes global in the virtual world’ by Jeffrey S. Moore and Philip A. Janowicz last April, to ‘Single-molecule spectroscopy: Caught in a trap’, a News and Views article by Peter Dedecker and Johan Hofkens in the March 2010 issue, reflects the breadth of topics covered by Nature Chemistry. The collection is free to read online until the end of June 2010.  Read more

Nature’s collection on biodiversity

Nature’s collection on biodiversity

Nature presents a supplement on biodiversity, in this International Year of Biodiversity. As nations come together to reduce the alarming loss of species taking place worldwide, we hope that these features, opinion pieces, News & Views articles and original research papers will provide a useful snapshot of the problems faced and solutions proposed. All the articles in this supplement are free to read online for six months from the publication date, and a free print copy can be requested.  Read more

Special focus on genome instability

Special focus on genome instability

The March issue of Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology presents a web focus on genome instability. The integrity of the genome is crucial for tumour suppression and for the propagation of genomic information to subsequent generations. DNA damage can result from cellular metabolism, exogenous genotoxic agents or routine errors in DNA replication and recombination. To combat these attacks and maintain genome integrity, cells have evolved a response system that induces cell cycle arrest, allowing sufficient time for DNA repair by specialized proteins. The DNA damage response system activates the appropriate DNA repair pathway or, in the case of irreparable damage, induces apoptosis. The special focus contains research highlights, review articles, a journal club and a NPG library of related articles. There is also a brief editors’ summary of the contents.  Read more