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Fingerprints of Ongoing Human Evolution Found

By Shawna Williams | September 5, 2017

Genetic variants in Alzheimer’s- and smoking-related genes appear to be under selection pressure, according to a study comparing the genomes of old and young participants.

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Exposure to the body’s humidity causes a film of the microbes to change shape, opening flaps in the garment to allow for increased airflow.

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Contributors

By Catherine Offord and Jef Akst | September 1, 2017

Meet some of the people featured in the September 2017 issue of The Scientist.

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CRISPR May Prove Useful in De-Extinction Efforts

By Britt Wray | September 1, 2017

Researchers are using the powerful gene-editing tool to recreate the woolly mammoth.

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Infographic: The Various Forms of Methylated DNA

By Skirmantas Kriaucionis | September 1, 2017

To expand the basic nucleotide alphabet, many species modify their DNA with epigenetic marks.

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The Role of DNA Base Modifications

By Skirmantas Kriaucionis | September 1, 2017

Researchers are just beginning to scratch the surface of how several newly recognized epigenetic changes function in the genome.

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image: Global Patterns of Human Epigenetic Variation

Global Patterns of Human Epigenetic Variation

By Ashley Yeager | August 28, 2017

A study of five far-flung human populations gives clues to adaptations to environmental pressures.

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Driving Down Pests

By Amy Lewis | August 28, 2017

A computer model estimates that gene-drive technology could wipe out populations of an invasive mammal on islands. 

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CRISPR Corrects RNA-based Disease Defects

By Kerry Grens | August 10, 2017

In human cells, researchers deploy the genome editor to snip out toxic repetitive sequences.

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A Database of Genetic Differences Among Lab Mice

By Ashley P. Taylor | August 7, 2017

Researchers have catalogued mutations in the coding regions of 36 of the most important mouse strains.

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