close-up of an Aedes aegypti mosquito on human skin
Researchers Discover What Attracts Mosquitoes to Humans
A brain area of Aedes aegypti responds specifically to components of human sebum, a study finds.
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Researchers Discover What Attracts Mosquitoes to Humans
Researchers Discover What Attracts Mosquitoes to Humans

A brain area of Aedes aegypti responds specifically to components of human sebum, a study finds.

A brain area of Aedes aegypti responds specifically to components of human sebum, a study finds.

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CRISPR

An orange CRISPR Cas 9 enzyme cutting DNA
CRISPR-Based Treatment Successfully Lowers Toxic Protein Levels
Natalia Mesa | Mar 2, 2022
A first-of-its-kind gene therapy dramatically reduced misfolded protein levels in some clinical trial participants for up to six months and reduced levels in all participants for up to a year.
Vector illustration of a courthouse with test tubes as pillars
CRISPR Patent Ruling Favors Broad Institute
Jef Akst | Mar 1, 2022
The US Patent and Trademark Office has once again decided that the institute has priority over the University of California and collaborators regarding intellectual property rights for CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing in eukaryotes. But the fight over the technique isn’t over.
Technique Talk: Understanding Cancer One Base Edit at a Time
Technique Talk: Understanding Cancer One Base Edit at a Time
The Scientist Creative Services Team | May 19, 2022
Francisco J. Sánchez-Rivera will discuss strategies to design CRISPR base editor libraries for in vivo applications.
DNA
In Editing RNA, Researchers See Endless Possibilities
Christie Wilcox | Dec 1, 2021
RNA editing has been in DNA editing’s shadow for nearly a decade, but recent investments in the technology could bring it into the limelight.
group of paleolithic people around a campfire
Gene Variant Points to Starvation’s Evolutionary Legacy
Sophie Fessl | Sep 28, 2021
Ancient and modern genomes reveal that a variant of the human growth hormone receptor likely helped our ancestors survive when food was scarce.
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Bridging Disciplines to Study CRISPR-Induced Chromosome Destabilization
Aparna Nathan | Apr 8, 2022
A collaboration between friends led to a cautionary finding about CRISPR’s effect on cells.
cartoon depiction of a pair of scissors about to cut a DNA double helix
Researchers Uncover New Families of Gene-Editing Enzymes
Annie Melchor | Sep 15, 2021
The results reveal evolutionary relatives of the Cas9 enzyme now used extensively in biotechnology.
photograph of miSHERLOCk device against a white background
A Self-Contained COVID-19 Test with 3-D Printed Parts
Annie Melchor | Aug 11, 2021
The makers of the CRISPR-based testing platform, called miSHERLOCK, say it could enable people at home or physicians in resource-limited environments to detect SARS-CoV-2—and eventually, other pathogens.
3D virus cells attacking a DNA strand
HIV DNA Circularizes to Bypass CRISPR-Based Treatments
Nele Haelterman, PhD | Mar 7, 2022
CRISPR-mediated removal of HIV can create small, infectious DNA molecules.
Hong Kong skyline with a pink sky in the background
Book excerpt from CRISPR People
Henry T. Greely | Aug 1, 2021
In Chapter 6, author Henry T. Greely describes how news of the birth of gene-edited babies rocked a 2018 summit on human genome editing.
Opinion: How Biomedicine Could Transform Human Reproduction
Henry T. Greely | Aug 1, 2021
CRISPR and other innovations are likely to open up a wealth of new options for how people have children.
Challenges and Applications
Combinatorial Single Cell CRISPR Screens: Challenges and Applications
The Scientist Creative Services Team in collaboration with 10x Genomics | Dec 10, 2021
An expert panel will discuss how single cell sequencing enhances throughput in CRISPR gene editing applications.
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Researchers Find DNA “Borgs” in Methane-Chomping Archaea
Annie Melchor | Jul 20, 2021
Massive extrachromosomal elements named after the hive-minded cyborg villains in Star Trek may be the first of their kind.
cartoon showing a hand taking a tool to a double-helix of DNA to represent gene editing
WHO Releases New Recommendations on Human Genome Editing
Annie Melchor | Jul 12, 2021
The guidance comes after two years of consulting with hundreds of stakeholders, including indigenous peoples, religious leaders, patient groups, and scientists.
Learn how to design an efficient custom CRISPR screen
Designing CRISPR Screens for Efficient Gene Function Analysis
The Scientist Creative Services Team, Twist Bioscience | Dec 3, 2021
Discover tips and tricks to successfully perform custom CRISPR screens.
photograph of a woman wearing a face mask embedded with SARS-CoV-2 sensors
Researchers Create Pathogen-Sensing Face Mask
Annie Melchor | Jul 5, 2021
The masks contain freeze-dried, cell-free biosensors, enabling them to detect pathogens including SARS-CoV-2.
Updated June 1
Head shot of Eric Lander, the president and founding director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
Science Advisor Nominee Faces Tough Questions from Senate Panel
Jef Akst | Apr 30, 2021
Senators raise concerns about how Eric Lander of the Broad Institute has handled equality issues.
CRISPR for Genome Engineering in Drosophila
Technique Talk: CRISPR for Genome Engineering in Drosophila
The Scientist Creative Services Team | Nov 30, 2021
Discover how CRISPR is revolutionizing gene editing in a classic genetics research model.
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Genome Reveals Clues to Giraffes’ “Blatantly Strange” Body Shape
Amanda Heidt | Mar 19, 2021
The physiological demands of that long neck get support from a gene involved in strengthening bones and blood vessels, researchers find after inserting the sequence in mice.