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Considering Gene Editing

By Jef Akst | July 12, 2016

An international committee continues its investigation into the ethical and social considerations of precision DNA editing technology with a public meeting held this morning in Washington, DC.


Ancient DNA research suggests that there were two independent agricultural revolutions more than 10,000 years ago.

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Dog Domestication History Clarified

By Bob Grant | June 3, 2016

A study suggests that wolves were transformed into man’s best friend more than once, in Asia and in Europe or the Near East.


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“Human Genome Project-Write” Unveiled

By Jef Akst | June 2, 2016

A proposal to synthesize entire genomes—the subject of a controversial, invitation-only meeting at Harvard last month—is formally presented in Science.


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Report: Still Lots to Learn About GE Crops

By Tracy Vence | May 17, 2016

A National Academies–led analysis evaluates the impacts of genetically engineered crops—and calls for updated regulations.

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Stem Cell Rules Tackle Human Embryo Editing

By Bob Grant | May 17, 2016

A set of international stem cell guidelines recommends that oversight committees at research institutions oversee all research on embryos.


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Secret Genome Meeting

By Jef Akst | May 16, 2016

A closed-door gathering at Harvard last week hosted researchers talking about synthesizing entire genomes, including that of humans. 


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Genetics of Educational Attainment?

By Jef Akst | May 12, 2016

In a study of nearly 300,000 people, researchers identify 74 gene variants that are linked with how long subjects stayed in school.

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AACR Q&A: Angelika Amon

By The Scientist Staff | April 19, 2016

The aneuploidy expert shares what she has learned at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting.


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Tracking Zika’s Evolution

By Jef Akst | April 15, 2016

Sequence analysis of 41 viral strains reveals more than a half-century of change. 

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