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Book Excerpt from Rise of the Necrofauna

By Britt Wray | October 1, 2017

In chapter 4, “Why Recreate the Woolly Mammoth?” author Britt Wray explores the social consequences of bringing an iconic species back from extinction.

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Researchers use base-editing to swap out an erroneous nucleotide responsible for a potentially life-threatening blood disorder.

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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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The Caterpillar that Cries Wolf

By Mary Bates | September 22, 2017

In a case of acoustic deception, caterpillars mimic bird alarm calls to defend themselves.

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

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Researchers recommend greater conservation efforts toward non-mammals and small creatures.

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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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