drug development, genetics & genomics, ecology, disease & medicine
Novel Method Could Accelerate DNA Synthesis
Novel Method Could Accelerate DNA Synthesis
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 19, 2018
The new technique uses an enzyme found in vertebrate immune systems to attach nucleotides to a growing strand.  
New Database Expands Number of Estimated Human Protein-Coding Genes
New Database Expands Number of Estimated Human Protein-Coding Genes
Diana Kwon | Jun 19, 2018
Some scientists are not yet convinced that the list is accurate.
Deadly Wasting Syndrome Genetically Altered Sea Stars: Study
Deadly Wasting Syndrome Genetically Altered Sea Stars: Study
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 19, 2018
The surviving animals may have evolved genes that provided an advantage in fighting the disease.  
Image of the Day: Landing Blows
Image of the Day: Landing Blows
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 18, 2018
The smashing mantis shrimp is strategic in its attack on sea snails.  
Probiotics Prevent Cholera in Animal Models
Probiotics Prevent Cholera in Animal Models
Ruth Williams | Jun 13, 2018
Two different types of bacteria—one genetically engineered and one from cheese—defend animal intestines from Vibrio cholerae infection.  
Africa’s Oldest Baobab Trees Are Dying Suddenly
Africa’s Oldest Baobab Trees Are Dying Suddenly
Catherine Offord | Jun 12, 2018
Although more evidence is needed to pin down a cause, researchers suspect that climate change is to blame.
This Flu Season Killed 172 Kids
This Flu Season Killed 172 Kids
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 11, 2018
Vaccination reduced the risk of death by two-thirds for children with no other health problems.  
CRISPR Efficiency Tied to Cancer-Causing Process
CRISPR Efficiency Tied to Cancer-Causing Process
Kerry Grens | Jun 11, 2018
Two studies find the genome-editing technique works best when cells have a faulty DNA-damage response that’s frequently present in cancers.  
Image of the Day: Hirsute and How
Image of the Day: Hirsute and How
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 11, 2018
A newly described species of shrimp, Odontonia bagginsi, has been named after Bilbo Baggins. 
“Public” T-Cell Receptors From Resistant People Fend Off HIV
“Public” T-Cell Receptors From Resistant People Fend Off HIV
Shawna Williams | Jun 8, 2018
The receptors, found in so-called elite controllers who don’t need medications to keep the virus in check, suggest a new path toward immunotherapy.