The genetics of health. Nadeau JH and Topol EJ (2006) Nat Genet. 38, 1095-8. Commentary suggesting that the genetics of health (as opposed to the genetics of disease) is a neglected area of research, and proposing that disease-free individuals known to be at increased genetic risk of disease should be tested for modifier genes and protective alleles (PubMed).
Body of research - ownership and use of human tissue. Charo RA (2006) N Engl J Med. 355, 1517-9. Perspective piece on the issue of whether or not we can be said to own our own bodies, and implications for research and other uses of human tissues (PubMed).
NHS maternity units should not encourage commercial banking of umbilical cord blood. Edozien LC (2006) BMJ 333, 801-4. Analysis and comment article arguing that the increasingly common practice of private cord blood banking should be curbed (PubMed).
Multiple sclerosis: putting two and two together. Trowsdale J (2006) Nat Med. 12, 1119-21. News and views article on recently revealed epigenetic effects in multiple sclerosis tissue damage (PubMed).
(Re)modeling the transcriptional enhancer. Halfon MS (2006) Nat Genet. 38, 1102-1103. News and views article on recent applications of computer modelling to predict how genetic regulatory elements function, with unexpected results (PubMed).
New evidence that DNA encodes its packaging. Ercan S and Lieb JD (2006) Nat Genet. 38, 1104-5. News and views article on recent research showing the influence of DNA sequence on the packaging of DNA into nucleosomes, which has suggested the existence of nucleosome positioning signatures within the DNA of some genes (PubMed).