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Researchers find that while bats in the Myotis genus don’t produce telomerase, the enzyme that lengthens telomeres, they possess 21 telomere maintenance–related genes.

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image: DNA Analysis Paints New Picture of 10,000-Year-Old Briton

DNA Analysis Paints New Picture of 10,000-Year-Old Briton

By Shawna Williams | February 7, 2018

“Cheddar Man” had dark hair and blue eyes, a sequencing analysis suggests.

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Image of the Day: Colorado Potato Beetles

By The Scientist Staff | February 6, 2018

Leptinotarsa decemlineata has been decimating agricultural crops since at least the 19th century, and by sequencing its genome researchers hope to explore new strategies for controlling the pest.

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MinION achieved the longest reads of DNA sequences to date. 

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Criticism for Craig Venter’s “Face-Prediction” Software

By Catherine Offord | September 11, 2017

The tool cannot predict a person’s face from DNA, say researchers—including some listed as coauthors on the publication. 

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Image of the Day: Everybody Needs a Friend

By The Scientist Staff | August 10, 2017

The protein encoded by the gene that causes Fragile X in humans partners with another protein, dNab2, to alter gene expression in fruit fly neurons.

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Final Nail Hammered into NgAgo Coffin

By Kerry Grens | August 3, 2017

The paper describing the gene-editing method is retracted.

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image: Details Published on CRISPR-treated Embryos

Details Published on CRISPR-treated Embryos

By Kerry Grens | August 2, 2017

Scientists correct a mutation in fertilized eggs that causes a severe cardiac disease.

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image: Scientists Destroy Entire Chromosome with CRISPR

Scientists Destroy Entire Chromosome with CRISPR

By Kerry Grens | August 1, 2017

Multiple DNA breaks at either the centromere or the long arm of the mouse Y chromosome cause it to fragment and disappear.

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image: Human Genetic Variation May Complicate CRISPR

Human Genetic Variation May Complicate CRISPR

By Ashley Yeager | July 31, 2017

Slight sequence differences confound target sites in precision genome-editing, a study shows.

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