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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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CRISPR Corrects Duchenne-Causing Mutations

By | April 12, 2017

Using CRISPR-Cpf1 gene editing, researchers have fixed mutations that cause a form of muscular dystrophy in cultured human cardiomyocytes and a mouse model.

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Octopus, cuttlefish, and squid extensively edit messenger RNAs in an evolutionarily conserved process. 

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Cross-Sample Sequencing Contamination Galore

By | April 5, 2017

Scientists conducting a large-scale, comparative transcriptomics project have inadvertently highlighted widespread contamination in sequencing data.

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CRISPR Screen Detects Functional Gene Regulation

By | April 3, 2017

A CRISPR-Cas9–based method probes the regulatory roles of noncoding DNA sequences.

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Should Healthy People Have Their Exomes Sequenced?

By | March 24, 2017

With its announced launch of a whole-exome sequencing service for apparently healthy individuals, Ambry Genetics is the latest company to enter this growing market. But whether these services are useful for most people remains up for debate.  

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Mitochondrial DNA polymerase is necessary for the destruction of paternal mtDNA in fruit fly sperm, scientists show.

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Proteins with unstable 3-D structures help the microscopic animals withstand drying.

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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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