Researchers Engineer Epigenome Editors to Study How Gene Expression Affects Disease
Researchers Engineer Epigenome Editors to Study How Gene Expression Affects Disease
Using CRISPR and other tools, scientists are modifying DNA methylation, histone marks, and other modifiers of gene expression to understand how they affect health and disease.
Researchers Engineer Epigenome Editors to Study How Gene Expression Affects Disease
Researchers Engineer Epigenome Editors to Study How Gene Expression Affects Disease

Using CRISPR and other tools, scientists are modifying DNA methylation, histone marks, and other modifiers of gene expression to understand how they affect health and disease.

Using CRISPR and other tools, scientists are modifying DNA methylation, histone marks, and other modifiers of gene expression to understand how they affect health and disease.

deafness, developmental biology, genetics & genomics
Researchers Explore the Genetics of Eating Disorders
Researchers Explore the Genetics of Eating Disorders
Amy Lewis | Jan 1, 2019
Large-scale genomic studies of anorexia and bulimia are turning up clues about the conditions’ development and persistence.
Prenatal Exposure to Cannabis Affects the Developing Brain
Prenatal Exposure to Cannabis Affects the Developing Brain
Andrew Scheyer | Jan 1, 2019
Children born to moms who smoked or ingested marijuana during pregnancy suffer higher rates of depression, hyperactivity, and inattention.
Can Viruses in the Genome Cause Disease?
Can Viruses in the Genome Cause Disease?
Katarina Zimmer | Jan 1, 2019
Clinical trials that target human endogenous retroviruses to treat multiple sclerosis, ALS, and other ailments are underway, but many questions remain about how these sequences may disrupt our biology.
Cities Can Serve as Cauldrons of Evolution
Cities Can Serve as Cauldrons of Evolution
Catherine Offord | Jan 1, 2019
From changes in gene flow to adaptation, the effects of urbanization are shaping the evolutionary trajectories of plants and animals.
New Study Questions Whether Death Rate Levels Off in Old Age
New Study Questions Whether Death Rate Levels Off in Old Age
Ashley P. Taylor | Dec 21, 2018
A demographer’s model suggests the “mortality plateau” in the extreme elderly could be explained by clerical errors. Not everyone agrees.
DNA Could Help Bring Home Remains of Ancient Aboriginal People
DNA Could Help Bring Home Remains of Ancient Aboriginal People
Carolyn Wilke | Dec 20, 2018
Genetic material from bones could be used to locate living descendants for the remains’ repatriation, researchers showed.
Analysis of 2,000 Brains Provides Clues to Schizophrenia, Autism
Analysis of 2,000 Brains Provides Clues to Schizophrenia, Autism
Catherine Offord | Dec 14, 2018
The PsychENCODE project delves into the DNA, RNA, and protein changes related to brain development and neuropsychiatric disorders, but researchers caution it’s just a first step toward treatment.
Fastest-Ever Cell Contractions Observed in Primitive Invertebrate
Fastest-Ever Cell Contractions Observed in Primitive Invertebrate
Abby Olena | Dec 13, 2018
The microscopic marine animal Trichoplax adhaerens may use rapid changes in cell shape to avoid being ripped apart by forces in the ocean.
Opinion: The Central Dogma of Mitochondrial Genetics Needs Rewriting
Opinion: The Central Dogma of Mitochondrial Genetics Needs Rewriting
John D. Loike | Dec 12, 2018
The recent discovery of 17 people who have inherited maternal and paternal lines of mitochondrial DNA has major ramifications for medical and ancestry research.