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Screening with CRISPR

By Kelly Rae Chi | June 1, 2016

Ever-improving CRISPR-based tools are already ripe for large-scale genetic screens.

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Students Study Their Own Microbiomes

By Jef Akst | June 1, 2016

Pooping into a petri dish is becoming standard practice as part of some college biology courses.

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Noncoding RNAs Not So Noncoding

By Ruth Williams | June 1, 2016

Bits of the transcriptome once believed to function as RNA molecules are in fact translated into small proteins.

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Synthetic Biology Comes into Its Own

By Richard A. Muscat | June 1, 2016

Researchers create novel genetic circuits that give insight into, and are inspired by, nature.

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Gut Bacteria for Insect RNAi

By Ruth Williams | June 1, 2016

Lacing insect food with microbes encoding double-stranded RNAs can suppress insect gene expression.

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Antibiotic Affects Cow Dung

By Tracy Vence | May 25, 2016

Researchers assess some of the downstream effects of treating livestock with a broad-spectrum antibiotic.

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Post-publication peer review prompts the authors to clarify the ages of mice used in their experiments and share additional data.

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Population Ecologist Dies

By Jef Akst | May 18, 2016

Ilkka Hanski of the University of Helsinki has passed away at age 63.

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image: Report: Still Lots to Learn About GE Crops

Report: Still Lots to Learn About GE Crops

By Tracy Vence | May 17, 2016

A National Academies–led analysis evaluates the impacts of genetically engineered crops—and calls for updated regulations.

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Genome Digest

By Catherine Offord | May 17, 2016

What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes  

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