bird flu, genetics & genomics
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.
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.