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A Single Mutation in Zika Led to Devastating Effects

By Anna Azvolinsky | September 28, 2017

One amino acid change within a viral structural protein makes the difference between mild cases of brain damage and severe microcephaly in mice.

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Coastal Critters Make Epic Voyages After 2011 Tsunami

By Ashley Yeager | September 28, 2017

Marine species survived rafting thousands of kilometers on debris swept into the water by the giant wave, scientists say.

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Most Accurate CRISPR Gene Editing Yet

By Kerry Grens | September 22, 2017

A tweaked Cas9 nuclease reduces off-target effects to levels below that of previous versions of the enzyme.

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How Poison Frogs Avoid Poisoning Themselves

By Abby Olena | September 21, 2017

Amphibians resist their own chemical defenses with amino acid modifications in the sequence for a target receptor.

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image: CRISPR Used in Human Embryos to Probe Gene Function

CRISPR Used in Human Embryos to Probe Gene Function

By Ashley P. Taylor | September 20, 2017

OCT4 is necessary for blastocyst formation in the human embryo, researchers report.

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Icelanders’ Genomes Hint at Origins of Genetic Diversity

By Ashley Yeager | September 20, 2017

An analysis of 14,000 genomes reveals regions where new mutations are more likely to develop.

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Image of the Day: Triple Threat

By The Scientist Staff | September 18, 2017

Scientists use stem-like cells from patients’ aggressive, triple receptor-negative breast tumors to grow cell lines for research.

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Second Chance for Lost Galapagos Tortoises?

By Bob Grant | September 14, 2017

Researchers are trying to recreate an extinct species of the lumbering reptiles by breeding closely related species that contain traces of the lost lineage’s DNA.

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Cargo-Sorting DNA Robots

By Ruth Williams | September 14, 2017

Autonomous molecules that collect, carry, and sort different genetic packages usher in a new era for nucleic-acid robotics. 

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A study of a simple marine animal suggests that the common ancestor of cnidarians and bilaterians may have had three germ layers instead of two.

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