genetics, history
A Systematic Approach to Finding Unannotated Proteins
A Systematic Approach to Finding Unannotated Proteins
Katarina Zimmer | Mar 1, 2018
A study suggests that there is more to the eukaryotic genome than was previously suspected.
Immunity May Make CRISPR-Based Therapies Ineffective
Immunity May Make CRISPR-Based Therapies Ineffective
Jim Daley | Jan 10, 2018
Researchers identify antibodies for two commonly used Cas9 proteins in human blood. Investors take notice.
Study Pinpoints Potential “Master Regulator” of Age-Related Cognitive Decline
Study Pinpoints Potential “Master Regulator” of Age-Related Cognitive Decline
Shawna Williams | Dec 18, 2017
Upping a gene’s expression in rat brains made them better learners and normalized the activity of hundreds of other genes to resemble the brains of younger animals.
CRISPR to Debut in Clinical Trials
CRISPR to Debut in Clinical Trials
Diana Kwon | Dec 14, 2017
The first industry-sponsored CRISPR therapy is slated to be tested in humans in 2018.
Image of the Day: Where Have All The Pigeons Gone? 
Image of the Day: Where Have All The Pigeons Gone? 
The Scientist Staff | Dec 8, 2017
A new study sheds light on how the most abundant bird in North America went extinct. 
Putative Gay Genes Identified, Questioned
Putative Gay Genes Identified, Questioned
Jef Akst | Dec 7, 2017
A genomic interrogation of homosexuality turns up speculative links between genetic elements and sexual orientation, but researchers say the study is too small to be significant. 
Breakthrough Prizes Recognize Geneticists, Big Bang Researchers
Breakthrough Prizes Recognize Geneticists, Big Bang Researchers
Catherine Offord | Dec 3, 2017
Among this year’s winners are a geneticist who revealed how plants respond to shade and a group of physicists who mapped the universe’s background radiation.
Telomere Length and Childhood Stress Don’t Always Correlate
Telomere Length and Childhood Stress Don’t Always Correlate
Katarina Zimmer | Nov 17, 2017
Shorter telomere length is widely considered a manifestation of stress in young children, but the results of a new study find it’s more complicated than that.  
Genetic Mutation in Amish Linked to Longer Life
Genetic Mutation in Amish Linked to Longer Life
Katarina Zimmer | Nov 16, 2017
Mutations in both copies of SERPINE1 can result in blood clotting disorders, but carriers might enjoy longer lifespan and health benefits. 
Image of the Day: Starved Worm
Image of the Day: Starved Worm
The Scientist Staff | Nov 14, 2017
A heat map of gene expression provides insights on the genes that help C. elegans survive severe caloric restriction.