ecology, microbiology, genetics & genomics
Keeping CRISPR in Check
Keeping CRISPR in Check
Anna Azvolinsky | Dec 14, 2016
In bacteriophage genomes, researchers find three anti-CRISPR proteins that naturally inhibit CRISPR-Cas9 in one bacterial species and can do the same in human cells. 
Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Show Signs of Donor Age
Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Show Signs of Donor Age
Ashley P. Taylor | Dec 12, 2016
iPSCs created through the reprogramming of human somatic cells retain genomic marks of the donor’s age.
Swarm-Stimulating Bacterial Enzyme Drives Choanoflagellate Mating
Swarm-Stimulating Bacterial Enzyme Drives Choanoflagellate Mating
Tracy Vence | Dec 8, 2016
Scientists present evidence of bacteria-driven mating in flagellate eukaryotes at the American Society for Cell Biology annual meeting.
Phages Carry Antibiotic Resistance Genes
Phages Carry Antibiotic Resistance Genes
Abby Olena | Dec 8, 2016
Researchers find evidence of antibiotic resistance genes in the DNA of viruses that infect bacteria.
Gut Microbes Linked to Neurodegenerative Disease
Gut Microbes Linked to Neurodegenerative Disease
Abby Olena | Dec 1, 2016
Bacteria in the intestine influence motor dysfunction and neuroinflammation in a mouse model of Parkinson’s disease.
Vlad Denic on Exploring New Fields and Failing Successfully
Vlad Denic on Exploring New Fields and Failing Successfully
Ben Andrew Henry | Dec 1, 2016
The Harvard professor is pursuing fundamental questions about autophagy, protein homeostasis, and other cellular processes, and he’s always on the lookout for his next new topic.
Studies Conflict on Spores’ Need for Protein Synthesis
Studies Conflict on Spores’ Need for Protein Synthesis
Kerry Grens | Dec 1, 2016
Different assays lead to opposing conclusions on bacterial spores’ requirements during germination.
Opinion: Not All Genetic Databases Are Equal
Opinion: Not All Genetic Databases Are Equal
Charles M. Strom | Dec 1, 2016
Sorting out which data sets are clinical-grade is key to helping patients.
Elephant Footprints Create Habitat for Tiny Aquatic Creatures
Elephant Footprints Create Habitat for Tiny Aquatic Creatures
Catherine Offord | Dec 1, 2016
Researchers discover diverse communities of invertebrates inhabiting the water-filled tracks of elephants in Uganda.
The Pangenome: Are Single Reference Genomes Dead?
The Pangenome: Are Single Reference Genomes Dead?
Catherine Offord | Dec 1, 2016
Researchers are abandoning the concept of a list of genes sequenced from a single individual, instead aiming for a way to describe all the genetic variation within a species.