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Constant Evolution

By | December 16, 2015

Bacteria growing in an unchanging environment continue to adapt indefinitely.

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Let’s Talk Human Engineering

By | December 3, 2015

Experts continue to discuss the logistics and ethical considerations of editing human genomes at a historic meeting in Washington, DC. 

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The Unregulation of Biotech Crops

By | November 25, 2015

Genetic engineering—once a trigger for federal oversight—is now ushering some modified crops around scrutiny.

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Toward Protecting Participants’ Privacy

By | October 29, 2015

Genomic data shared via the Beacon Project are vulnerable to privacy breaches, scientists show.

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Tethering Transposons

By | October 15, 2015

Panoramix, a newly identified transcription repressor, takes the bounce out of jumping genes.

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Local Microbes Give Wine Character

By | September 24, 2015

Yeast strains from different regions of New Zealand generate wines with varying chemistries.

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Opinion: Pay-to-Play Publishing

By | September 3, 2015

Online scientific journals are sacrificing the quality of research articles to make a buck.

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Opinion: Engineering the Epigenome

By , and | August 26, 2015

The use of targetable chromatin modifiers has ushered in a new era of functional epigenomics.

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Opinion: Making Progress by Slowing Down

By | August 24, 2015

Academic research could be strengthened by thinking more and doing less.

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Review: Sacred Stories, Genetic Privacy Collide

By | August 17, 2015

Cherished myths and merciless facts clash in a one-act play.

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