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Combatting Viruses with RNA-Targeted CRISPR

By | April 27, 2015

Scientists reengineer a Cas9 enzyme that naturally targets bacterial RNA to stymie hepatitis C inside human cells.

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Cancer Sequencing Controls

By | April 15, 2015

Comparing a patient’s tumor DNA sequence with that of her normal tissue can improve researchers’ identification of disease-associated mutations.

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A Benefit of Failed Pregnancy?

By | April 9, 2015

Scientists find a common genetic variant in mothers that decreases the chance of successful pregnancy.

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Clam Cancer Rips Along Atlantic Coast

By | April 9, 2015

A leukemia that’s killing far-flung populations of softshell clams may be contagious. 

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Enzyme Improves CRISPR

By | April 1, 2015

A smaller Cas9 protein enables in vivo genome engineering via viral vectors.

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Hiding in Plain Sight

By | March 31, 2015

Researchers using metagenomics and single-cell sequencing identify a potential new bacterial phylum.

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The 2015 Salary Survey Is Complete

By | March 13, 2015

Thanks to everyone who participated in this year's survey. Please check back in November for the results.

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Horizontal Gene Transfer a Hallmark of Animal Genomes?

By | March 12, 2015

Foreign genes in animal genomes may be of bacterial or fungal origin, according to a new analysis.

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Genome Digest

By | March 4, 2015

What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes

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Evolutionary Rewiring

By | February 26, 2015

Strong selective pressure can lead to rapid and reproducible evolution in bacteria.

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