circadian clocks, genetics & genomics
Targeting the Noncoding Genome with CRISPR
Targeting the Noncoding Genome with CRISPR
Anna Azvolinsky | Sep 29, 2016
Two independent groups demonstrate the utility of CRISPR-based techniques to identify regulatory elements that govern disease-linked genes. 
Geography of Genetic Diversity
Geography of Genetic Diversity
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Sep 29, 2016
Mammals and amphibians show greater intraspecific genetic diversity in the tropics compared with temperate regions.
Circadian-Controlled Thirst
Circadian-Controlled Thirst
Ruth Williams | Sep 28, 2016
Scientists determine how the brain’s central clock regulates drinking prior to sleep in rodents.
“Out of Africa” Theory Gets the Genomic Treatment
“Out of Africa” Theory Gets the Genomic Treatment
Bob Grant | Sep 26, 2016
A trio of genetic studies on seldom-studied indigenous populations points to a single wave of migration as humanity wandered from its evolutionary homeland into the rest of the world.
Toggling CRISPR Activity with a Chemical Switch
Toggling CRISPR Activity with a Chemical Switch
Kerry Grens | Sep 12, 2016
Researchers design a Cas9 enzyme that cuts DNA only in the presence of particular drug.
Week in Review: September 5–9
Week in Review: September 5–9
Jef Akst | Sep 9, 2016
Environmental magnetite in the human brain; prion structure takes shape; watching E. coli evolve in real time; learning from others’ behavior 
In Southern Africa, Human Genetics Tied to Environment
In Southern Africa, Human Genetics Tied to Environment
Jef Akst | Sep 7, 2016
Ancestries of nearly two dozen indigenous groups in the region reveal a close link between the genetic clustering of populations and the Kalahari Desert’s ecogeography.
Zika Update
Zika Update
Bob Grant | Sep 7, 2016
Virus’s genome to aid in diagnoses; bees caught in crossfire of mosquito sprays; Zika spreads in Asia; US Congress revisits Zika funding
Using CRISPR to Edit Genes in Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells
Using CRISPR to Edit Genes in Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells
Kelly Rae Chi | Sep 1, 2016
Tips on how to surmount the challenges of working with CRISPR to manipulate genes in human stems cells to study their function in specific diseases or to correct genetic defects in patient cells.
Opinion: GMOs Are Not “Frankenfoods”
Opinion: GMOs Are Not “Frankenfoods”
Dov Greenbaum, Mark Gerstein | Aug 30, 2016
It behooves the scientific community to reflect on the public’s “Franken-” characterization of genetically modified foods.