drug development, microbiology, genetics & genomics
Opinion: Constrain Speculation to Protect the Integrity of Science
Opinion: Constrain Speculation to Protect the Integrity of Science
Mike Klymkowsky | Jun 18, 2018
What we can know about biology before the last universal common ancestor is limited—and we should be circumspect in filling in the gaps.
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. 
Blood Test Predicts Pregnancy Due Date
Blood Test Predicts Pregnancy Due Date
Kerry Grens | Jun 7, 2018
A small study based on circulating RNA in the blood of moms-to-be describes a technique that could be used to help predict who’s most at risk of preterm labor.
Image of the Day: New Kids on the Block
Image of the Day: New Kids on the Block
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 7, 2018
Researchers discover that a layer of human breast tissue is not one but two distinct cell types.  
MyHeritage Account Data Compromised in “Cybersecurity Incident”
MyHeritage Account Data Compromised in “Cybersecurity Incident”
Catherine Offord | Jun 6, 2018
A security researcher found the email addresses and encrypted passwords of more than 92 million users of the genealogy site on a private server outside the company.
Dogs in Southern China Host Several Strains of Flu
Dogs in Southern China Host Several Strains of Flu
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 6, 2018
They may be a prospective source for an influenza pandemic, researchers warn.  
Mouse Pups Infected With Zika Show Symptoms Into Adulthood
Mouse Pups Infected With Zika Show Symptoms Into Adulthood
Ashley Yeager | Jun 6, 2018
The results suggest the virus could severely alter brain development in infants infected after birth, but blocking a signaling protein early on might ease certain symptoms.
Blue Rush: One Company Leads the Race to Own Marine Genetic Sequences
Blue Rush: One Company Leads the Race to Own Marine Genetic Sequences
Ruth Williams | Jun 6, 2018
Almost half of all patents relating to the genes of marine organisms belong to one large international corporation, BASF, a new study reveals.  
Microbiome Differences Between Farmers and City-Dwellers Start Early
Microbiome Differences Between Farmers and City-Dwellers Start Early
Shawna Williams | Jun 5, 2018
Compared with their urban counterparts, babies and toddlers in rural Nigeria have gut microbiota that more closely resembles that of adults in their community.