DNA, microbiology, genetics & genomics
Was a Drop in CRISPR Firms’ Stock Warranted?
Was a Drop in CRISPR Firms’ Stock Warranted?
Claire Asher | Jun 7, 2017
A study of off-target effects that sparked fear among investors of genome-editing companies receives methodological criticisms.
ASM to Discontinue Small Conferences
ASM to Discontinue Small Conferences
Diana Kwon | Jun 6, 2017
Numerous scientists are disappointed with the American Society for Microbiology’s decision, and some are hatching plans to keep the meetings alive.
Mammals May Have a 12-Hour Clock
Mammals May Have a 12-Hour Clock
Ashley Yeager | Jun 6, 2017
Data point to peaks in gene expression in the morning and evening that are distinct from day-night circadian cycles.
Opinion: The Virome and the Anti-vaccination Debate
Opinion: The Virome and the Anti-vaccination Debate
Stephan Guttinger | Jun 6, 2017
Advances in microbiome research are increasingly used in anti-vaccination arguments, yet the science actually undermines the premise of the argument.
Microbe from Yogurt Impedes Drug-Resistant Bacteria
Microbe from Yogurt Impedes Drug-Resistant Bacteria
Aggie Mika | Jun 5, 2017
Lactobacillus parafarraginis metabolites hindered the growth of multiple, distantly related bacterial pathogens. 
More than 18,000 Genomic Records from Cancer Patients Available
More than 18,000 Genomic Records from Cancer Patients Available
Kerry Grens | Jun 1, 2017
The publicly available database found nearly a third of samples included mutations targeted by either approved drugs or therapies in clinical trials. 
Learning from Iceland’s Model for Genetic Research
Learning from Iceland’s Model for Genetic Research
Catherine Offord | Jun 1, 2017
The Scandinavian island’s unique combination of genetic homogeneity, genealogical tradition, and high participation in research make it a prime location for discovery and validation of drug targets.
Athletes’ Microbiomes Differ from Nonathletes
Athletes’ Microbiomes Differ from Nonathletes
Jef Akst | Jun 1, 2017
Researchers are beginning to uncover a link between activity level and the microbial makeup of one’s gut.
Genes’ Composition Guides More-Optimal Diets
Genes’ Composition Guides More-Optimal Diets
Ruth Williams | Jun 1, 2017
Fruit flies and mice grow better and eat less when the amino acid balance of their food reflects that coded by their exomes.
Microbiome Racer
Microbiome Racer
The Scientist Staff | May 31, 2017
Genomicist Lauren Petersen wins a mountain bike race after she altered her own gut microbial communities.