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Developing Brains in Dishes

By | April 26, 2017

Two studies report methods to mimic human fetal brain development using neurons derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells that form 3-D, brain-like structures. 

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Five More Synthetic Yeast Chromosomes Completed

By | March 9, 2017

Members of the Synthetic Yeast Genome Project have synthesized five additional yeast chromosomes from scratch. 

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Suicide Switch for Transplanted Stem Cells

By | March 2, 2017

Researchers use an inducible gene to limit tumor growth from human iPSCs transplanted into mice.

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Duplicated Genes May Reduce Resilience in Yeast

By | February 14, 2017

Researchers find that some duplicated yeast genes develop dependency—the loss of one copy leads to the failure of the other.

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Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Show Signs of Donor Age

By | December 12, 2016

iPSCs created through the reprogramming of human somatic cells retain genomic marks of the donor’s age.

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Matching the immunological characteristics of donor retinal cells to those of the recipient can reduce the chance of rejection.

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Zika Infects Adult Neural Progenitors Too

By | August 18, 2016

A mouse study shows that the virus has tropism for adult proliferative neural progenitor cells and immature neurons.

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Exploring Alternative Codon Usage in Yeast

By | August 18, 2016

Newly discovered amino acid reassignment could have implications for certain biotech applications and RNA-based evolutionary theories.

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Editing Genomes to Record Cellular Histories

By | May 26, 2016

Researchers harness the power of genome editing to track cell lineages throughout zebrafish development.

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Review: The End of Sex

By | May 13, 2016

Legal expert Henry Greely envisions a world in which advances in biotechnology obviate the need for sexual reproduction as we know it.

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