DNA’s Coding Power Doubled
DNA’s Coding Power Doubled
All life on Earth uses a genetic code based on four nucleotides. Now, scientists have created one with eight.
DNA’s Coding Power Doubled
DNA’s Coding Power Doubled

All life on Earth uses a genetic code based on four nucleotides. Now, scientists have created one with eight.

All life on Earth uses a genetic code based on four nucleotides. Now, scientists have created one with eight.

albedo, cell & molecular biology, ecology, genetics & genomics
Gene Drive–Equipped Mosquitoes Released into Lab Environment
Gene Drive–Equipped Mosquitoes Released into Lab Environment
Jef Akst | Feb 20, 2019
The large-scale experiments aim to test how the technology would fare in the wild, if deployed to knock down populations of the pests.
Longevity Clues Tucked in Great White Shark Genome
Longevity Clues Tucked in Great White Shark Genome
Ashley Yeager | Feb 19, 2019
Certain adaptations identified in the fish’s DNA linked to wound healing, cancer protection, and a long life.
New Global Trade Route Could Shuttle Invasive Species
New Global Trade Route Could Shuttle Invasive Species
K.V. Venkatasubramanian | Feb 19, 2019
China’s ongoing Belt and Road Initiative passes through areas that are already at risk of swapping organisms.
Image of the Day: Water Sensors
Image of the Day: Water Sensors
Carolyn Wilke | Feb 19, 2019
Zebrafish detect water movement around them through signals sent to the brain by cells containing tiny hairs.
Japan Approves iPS Cell Therapy Trial for Spinal Cord Injury
Japan Approves iPS Cell Therapy Trial for Spinal Cord Injury
Catherine Offord | Feb 18, 2019
The treatment will be tested in a handful of patients who suffered nerve damage in sports or traffic accidents.
Image of the Day: Gnashers
Image of the Day: Gnashers
Carolyn Wilke | Feb 18, 2019
A mollusk grows magnetic teeth so tough they can grind down rocks.  
Ribosomal DNA Can Predict an Animal’s Age
Ribosomal DNA Can Predict an Animal’s Age
Abby Olena | Feb 14, 2019
A clock constructed of rDNA methylation sites can estimate both chronological and biological age across species.
Human Pancreas Cells Can Be Made to Produce Insulin
Human Pancreas Cells Can Be Made to Produce Insulin
Jef Akst | Feb 14, 2019
When implanted into mice, the “pseudo-islets” helped treat the animals’ diabetes symptoms.
Preliminary Results Point to Success of In Vivo Gene Editing
Preliminary Results Point to Success of In Vivo Gene Editing
Carolyn Wilke | Feb 12, 2019
Two studies show signs that the introduced DNA is functioning, but it’s too early to know if patients actually benefit.