bioluminescence, genetics & genomics
Evaluating Epigenome-Targeting Cancer Therapies
Evaluating Epigenome-Targeting Cancer Therapies
Jef Akst | Apr 3, 2017
At the annual American Association for Cancer Research meeting, researchers discuss the importance of understanding the epigenetic contributors to cancer progression and treatment response.
CRISPR Screen Detects Functional Gene Regulation
CRISPR Screen Detects Functional Gene Regulation
Abby Olena | Apr 3, 2017
A CRISPR-Cas9–based method probes the regulatory roles of noncoding DNA sequences.
Angela Brooks: Splicing Specialist
Angela Brooks: Splicing Specialist
Diana Kwon | Apr 1, 2017
At the University of California, Santa Cruz, the researcher combs the cancer genome, looking for weaknesses.
Record-Setting Corn Grows 45 Feet Tall
Record-Setting Corn Grows 45 Feet Tall
Jef Akst | Apr 1, 2017
A plant breeder succeeds in growing a huge maize plant thanks to a known mutation and a few environmental tricks.
Cancer Genomes
Cancer Genomes
The Scientist Staff | Mar 31, 2017
April Scientist to Watch Angela Brooks of the University of California, Santa Cruz, discusses her search to find vulnerabilities buried within the genomes of cancer cells.
<em>Aedes aegypti</em> Genome Assembled From Scratch
Aedes aegypti Genome Assembled From Scratch
Diana Kwon | Mar 26, 2017
Scientists use a new technique to piece together the mosquito’s full genome.
Should Healthy People Have Their Exomes Sequenced?
Should Healthy People Have Their Exomes Sequenced?
Ruth Williams | Mar 24, 2017
With its announced launch of a whole-exome sequencing service for apparently healthy individuals, Ambry Genetics is the latest company to enter this growing market. But whether these services are useful for most people remains up for debate.  
Enzyme Required for Mitochondrial Genome Destruction
Enzyme Required for Mitochondrial Genome Destruction
Abby Olena | Mar 22, 2017
Mitochondrial DNA polymerase is necessary for the destruction of paternal mtDNA in fruit fly sperm, scientists show.
Unstructured Proteins Help Tardigrades Survive Desiccation
Unstructured Proteins Help Tardigrades Survive Desiccation
Abby Olena | Mar 16, 2017
Proteins with unstable 3-D structures help the microscopic animals withstand drying.
Image of the Day: Colorful Chromosomes
Image of the Day: Colorful Chromosomes
The Scientist Staff | Mar 16, 2017
This 3-D model of the mouse genome depicts the interactions between chromosomes within an embryonic stem cell.