apps, genetics & genomics
David Julius Probes the Molecular Mechanics of Pain
David Julius Probes the Molecular Mechanics of Pain
Anna Azvolinsky | Jan 1, 2018
For nearly 30 years, the UC San Francisco researcher has delved into unexplored corners of the nervous system.
The Best Multimedia of 2017
The Best Multimedia of 2017
Catherine Offord | Dec 27, 2017
Editors’ picks of the year’s best in The Scientist infographics.
Photos of the Year
Photos of the Year
Katarina Zimmer | Dec 24, 2017
From a plastic-munching coral to see-through frogs, here are The Scientist’s favorite images from 2017.
CRISPR Helps Mice Hear
CRISPR Helps Mice Hear
Abby Olena | Dec 20, 2017
Researchers reduce the severity of hereditary deafness in mice with the delivery of CRISPR-Cas9 protein-RNA complexes that inactivate a mutant gene in their inner ears. 
2017’s Science News in Review
2017’s Science News in Review
Kerry Grens | Dec 15, 2017
Hurricanes, protests, and lifesaving genetic engineering: our picks for the biggest stories of the year
CRISPR to Debut in Clinical Trials
CRISPR to Debut in Clinical Trials
Diana Kwon | Dec 14, 2017
The first industry-sponsored CRISPR therapy is slated to be tested in humans in 2018.
Putative Gay Genes Identified, Questioned
Putative Gay Genes Identified, Questioned
Jef Akst | Dec 7, 2017
A genomic interrogation of homosexuality turns up speculative links between genetic elements and sexual orientation, but researchers say the study is too small to be significant. 
Thousands of Mutations Accumulate in the Human Brain Over a Lifetime
Thousands of Mutations Accumulate in the Human Brain Over a Lifetime
Ruth Williams | Dec 7, 2017
Single-cell genome analyses reveal the amount of mutations a human brain cell will collect from its fetal beginnings until death.
The Biggest DNA Origami Structures Yet
The Biggest DNA Origami Structures Yet
Abby Olena | Dec 6, 2017
Three new strategies for using DNA to generate large, self-assembling shapes create everything from a nanoscale teddy bear to a nanoscale Mona Lisa.
Breakthrough Prizes Recognize Geneticists, Big Bang Researchers
Breakthrough Prizes Recognize Geneticists, Big Bang Researchers
Catherine Offord | Dec 3, 2017
Among this year’s winners are a geneticist who revealed how plants respond to shade and a group of physicists who mapped the universe’s background radiation.