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Scientists are using a powerful gene editing technique to understand how human embryos develop.

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Gene Drive Limitations

By Jef Akst | October 9, 2017

In lab populations of genetically engineered mosquitoes, mutations arose that blocked the gene drive’s spread and restored female fertility.

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Effects of Neanderthal DNA on Modern Humans

By Ruth Williams | October 5, 2017

A new study reveals how Neanderthal DNA in the genomes of present-day British people influences their traits.

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Q&A with Michael Young, Nobel Laureate

By Ashley P. Taylor | October 2, 2017

Young talks with The Scientist about studying circadian rhythms in fruit flies, the applications of his work beyond Drosophila, and winning the prize. 

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Q&A with Nobel Laureate Michael Rosbash

By Ashley Yeager | October 2, 2017

A basic curiosity about how life works led the Brandeis University molecular biologist to discover how our bodies keep time. 

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Nonviral CRISPR Delivery a Success

By Abby Olena | October 2, 2017

Researchers use gold nanoparticles to deliver CRISPR-Cas9 and correct a point mutation in a mouse model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. 

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Researchers explore genetic engineering to produce super-tough fibers.

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Damage Patroller

By Anna Azvolinsky | October 1, 2017

Stephen Elledge has built a career studying how eukaryotic cells maintain genomic integrity.

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The 38-year-old synthetic biologist comes from a long line of tinkerers and engineers.

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Live Cell Extractions

By Ruth Williams | October 1, 2017

Nanostraws that collect specimens from cells without killing them allow for repeated sampling.

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