logo

genes

  • GATTACA is here

    Is DNA the Language of the Book of Life?

    Thinking of nucleobases as a long sequence of letters may contribute to the illusion that DNA is a language.Neil Palmer / CIAT via Flickr When we talk about genes, we often use expressions inherited from a few influential geneticists and evolutionary biologists, including Francis Crick, James Watson, and Richard Dawkins. These expressions depict DNA as […]

  • placeholder

    Carriers, Part 5: The Aftermath

    This is the final installment of a five-part series. First read Part 1 , Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 to get caught up.  Correction: The text about tests that can be done 10 weeks into pregnancy was changed to clarify the difference between CVS—an invasive test that is available now and can determine whether […]

  • placeholder

    Carriers, Part 4: The Results

    This is the fourth installment of a five-part series. First read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 to get caught up; then go on to Part 5. Lauren R. Weinstein is a cartoonist, cartooning teacher, and avid gardener who lives in scenic Maplewood, New Jersey. She is currently working on a teenage memoir entitled How to Draw a […]

  • placeholder

    Carriers, Part 3: The Wait

    This is the third installment of a five-part series. First read Part 1 and Part 2 to get caught up; then go on to Part 4 and Part 5. Lauren R. Weinstein is a cartoonist, cartooning teacher, and avid gardener who lives in scenic Maplewood, New Jersey. She is currently working on a teenage memoir entitled How to Draw […]

  • Carriers Part 2 hero

    Carriers, Part 2: The Test

    This is the second installment of a five-part series. See Part 1 first; then go on to Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.  Lauren R. Weinstein is a cartoonist, cartooning teacher, and avid gardener who lives in scenic Maplewood, New Jersey. She is currently working on a teenage memoir entitled, How to Draw a Nose.

  • Carriers Part1 hero

    Carriers: A Webcomic on Health, Luck, and Life

    This is the first installment of a five-part series. Also see Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5. * Correction: The text about the effects of cystic fibrosis has been changed to reflect the improved prognoses for babies born with CF, based on modern treatments. (The doctor originally predicted a likely lung transplant by […]

  • 002_Duncan_HERO

    My Family’s Decade in Genetic Limbo

    Personal DNA testing may yet deliver on its promise.

  • 01_Carey_Genetics_HERO

    The Genome in Turmoil

    Hope your week went well. It might have changed your genetics.