DNA sequencing, genetics & genomics, ecology
Anti-CRISPR Protein Reduces Off-Target Effects
Anti-CRISPR Protein Reduces Off-Target Effects
Diana Kwon | Jul 12, 2017
AcrIIA4, an inhibitor protein from the Listeria bacteriophage, can block DNA from binding to Cas9 during genome editing.
Earth Experiencing Sixth Mass Extinction: Study
Earth Experiencing Sixth Mass Extinction: Study
Kerry Grens | Jul 11, 2017
Scientists describe the number of vertebrate species experiencing population declines as “biological annihilation.”
Opinion: Use Pollution Models to Support Stream Sampling
Opinion: Use Pollution Models to Support Stream Sampling
Jacelyn Rice, Paul Westerhoff | Jul 11, 2017
Modeling gives insight to the critical role of streamflow conditions when assessing the concentrations of endocrine disrupting compounds.  
Caterpillars Turn to Cannibalism: Study
Caterpillars Turn to Cannibalism: Study
Abby Olena | Jul 10, 2017
Herbivores may take to omnivory and eat conspecifics when the plants they feed on produce unsavory protective chemicals.
RNA Protects “Naked” Genomes from Retrotransposons
RNA Protects “Naked” Genomes from Retrotransposons
Shawna Williams | Jun 30, 2017
Transfer RNA fragments prevent jumping genes from hopping around in the mouse embryo, when histone methylation can’t do the job.
Molecular Trigger for Organ Rejection in Mice Identified
Molecular Trigger for Organ Rejection in Mice Identified
Diana Kwon | Jun 27, 2017
The cell-surface receptor, SIRP-alpha, initiates the innate immune response in hosts.  
Analysis of Mouse Genes Reveals Novel Disease Models
Analysis of Mouse Genes Reveals Novel Disease Models
Diana Kwon | Jun 26, 2017
The International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium aims to characterize the entire mouse genome, starting first with more than 3,300 genes. 
Ribosomal DNA Copy Numbers Decrease in Some Cancers
Ribosomal DNA Copy Numbers Decrease in Some Cancers
Abby Olena | Jun 22, 2017
An analysis of human cancer genome projects uncovers a counterintuitive loss of ribosomal gene copies.
Selfish Yeast Genes Encode Both Toxin and Antidote
Selfish Yeast Genes Encode Both Toxin and Antidote
Diana Kwon | Jun 20, 2017
By spreading a poison and hoarding the remedy, wtf4 improves its chances of being inherited. 
234-Year-Old Tree Has Impressively Stable Genome
234-Year-Old Tree Has Impressively Stable Genome
Jef Akst | Jun 20, 2017
Genomic analysis of an oak tree that lived during Napoleon’s time supports the idea that plants somehow avoid the accumulation of mutations in their stem cells.