bioluminescence, genetics & genomics
CRISPR Corrects Duchenne-Causing Mutations
CRISPR Corrects Duchenne-Causing Mutations
Anna Azvolinsky | Apr 12, 2017
Using CRISPR-Cpf1 gene editing, researchers have fixed mutations that cause a form of muscular dystrophy in cultured human cardiomyocytes and a mouse model.
Clock Gene Mutation Leads to “Night Owl” Behavior
Clock Gene Mutation Leads to “Night Owl” Behavior
Diana Kwon | Apr 9, 2017
Scientists identify a mutation in the CRY1 gene in people with abnormal sleeping patterns.
FDA OKs Marketing of DTC Genetic Health-Risk Tests
FDA OKs Marketing of DTC Genetic Health-Risk Tests
Diana Kwon | Apr 7, 2017
23andMe customers can now receive information about genetic risk for diseases including Parkinson’s and celiac.
Cephalopod Genomes Contain Thousands of Conserved RNA Editing Sites
Cephalopod Genomes Contain Thousands of Conserved RNA Editing Sites
Abby Olena | Apr 6, 2017
Octopus, cuttlefish, and squid extensively edit messenger RNAs in an evolutionarily conserved process. 
Cross-Sample Sequencing Contamination Galore
Cross-Sample Sequencing Contamination Galore
Ruth Williams | Apr 5, 2017
Scientists conducting a large-scale, comparative transcriptomics project have inadvertently highlighted widespread contamination in sequencing data.
Mutations Linked to Secondary Cancers
Mutations Linked to Secondary Cancers
Jef Akst | Apr 4, 2017
Childhood cancer survivors with mutations in certain cancer-risk genes have a higher risk of developing additional neoplasms later in life, according to research presented at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting.
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.
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.
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.