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Jason Holliday: Tree Tracker

By Jef Akst | February 1, 2016

Associate Professor, Virginia Tech, Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation. Age: 37


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Surrogate Genes Enable Reproduction

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | January 28, 2016

Increasing the expression of two genes from non-Y chromosomes restores spermatogenesis in male mice that lack Y chromosomes.


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Schizophrenia and the Synapse

By Ruth Williams | January 27, 2016

Genetic evidence suggests that overactive synaptic pruning drives development of schizophrenia.


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More CRISPR Improvements

By Jef Akst | 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 Jef Akst | 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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image: Another Role for ApoE?

Another Role for ApoE?

By Ashley P. Taylor | January 20, 2016

Key Alzheimer’s disease–related protein may be a transcriptional regulator.


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Mutant Mosquitoes Deployed to Stop Zika, Dengue

By Kerry Grens | January 19, 2016

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


image: GM Paper Flagged by Politician Retracted

GM Paper Flagged by Politician Retracted

By Kerry Grens | January 18, 2016

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


image: Thermo Fisher to Acquire Affymetrix

Thermo Fisher to Acquire Affymetrix

By Tracy Vence | January 11, 2016

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


image: Disease-Linked Genes Questioned

Disease-Linked Genes Questioned

By Jef Akst | January 6, 2016

Many patients with genetic variations linked to cardiac disorders do not exhibit any symptoms, raising concerns about the validity of incidental findings of genetic tests.


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