Gene Variant Points to Starvation’s Evolutionary Legacy
Gene Variant Points to Starvation’s Evolutionary Legacy
Ancient and modern genomes reveal that a variant of the human growth hormone receptor likely helped our ancestors survive when food was scarce.
Gene Variant Points to Starvation’s Evolutionary Legacy
Gene Variant Points to Starvation’s Evolutionary Legacy

Ancient and modern genomes reveal that a variant of the human growth hormone receptor likely helped our ancestors survive when food was scarce.

Ancient and modern genomes reveal that a variant of the human growth hormone receptor likely helped our ancestors survive when food was scarce.

CRISPR
Researchers Uncover New Families of Gene-Editing Enzymes
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.
A Self-Contained COVID-19 Test with 3-D Printed Parts
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.
Book excerpt from <em>CRISPR People</em>
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
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.
Researchers Find DNA &ldquo;Borgs&rdquo; in Methane-Chomping Archaea
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.
WHO Releases New Recommendations on Human Genome 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.
Researchers Create Pathogen-Sensing Face Mask
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
Science Advisor Nominee Faces Tough Questions from Senate Panel
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.
Genome Reveals Clues to Giraffes&rsquo; &ldquo;Blatantly Strange&rdquo; Body Shape
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.
Opinion: Europe Is Sinking Biotech&mdash;Again
Opinion: Europe Is Sinking Biotech—Again
Robert Paarlberg | Feb 1, 2021
Scientifically groundless regulations could undercut the potential of gene-edited crops, much as they have with GMOs.
Biden Names Geneticist Eric Lander as Top Science Adviser
Biden Names Geneticist Eric Lander as Top Science Adviser
Max Kozlov | Jan 18, 2021
If confirmed, Lander will head the Office of Science and Technology Policy, a position that President Donald Trump left vacant for 18 months at the beginning of his term.
New Screening Approach Reveals Novel Regulators of Microcephaly
New Screening Approach Reveals Novel Regulators of Microcephaly
Catherine Offord | Jan 1, 2021
Researchers combine organoids, CRISPR-Cas9, and cellular barcoding technologies to identify genes that influence brain size.
Assay for Sickle Cell Anemia Is Repurposed to Diagnose COVID-19
Assay for Sickle Cell Anemia Is Repurposed to Diagnose COVID-19
G.B.S.N.P. Varma | Nov 18, 2020
A CRISPR-based, paper-strip test developed by Indian researchers performs as well as real-time PCR in identifying the presence of SARS-CoV-2 and returns results within an hour.