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Widespread Plant Immune Tactics

By | February 22, 2016

A survey of plant genomes reveals how different species trick pathogens into triggering their immune defenses.

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New CRISPR Patent Issued

By | February 18, 2016

Caribou Biosciences receives a patent related to the gene-editing technology.

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Detecting Lyme Early

By | February 12, 2016

Two new methods could help researchers to diagnose Lyme disease earlier than with existing tests.

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Another Lyme Disease–Causing Bacterium Found

By | February 9, 2016

Scientists discover another species of Borrelia in the U.S.

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AAUP Champion Dies

By | January 26, 2016

Jordan Kurland, associate general secretary of the American Association of University Professors, has passed away at age 87. 

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More CRISPR Improvements

By | January 25, 2016

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, boost the CRISPR/Cas9 system’s gene-editing success rate in short pieces of DNA.

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Nutrient-Control for GM Bacteria

By | January 20, 2016

Genetically modified bacteria that don’t survive unless given an unnatural amino acid could serve as a new control measure to protect wild organisms and ecosystems against accidental release. 

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Mutant Mosquitoes Deployed to Stop Zika, Dengue

By | January 19, 2016

A Brazilian town will ramp up the release of insects engineered to shrink mosquito populations.

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GM Paper Flagged by Politician Retracted

By | January 18, 2016

One of three suspect publications from a group of scientists in Italy is pulled for plagiarism while an investigation is ongoing.

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image: Thermo Fisher to Acquire Affymetrix

Thermo Fisher to Acquire Affymetrix

By | January 11, 2016

The boards of both companies have agreed to a $1.3 billion deal, which is subject to Affymetrix shareholder approval.

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