Wanted: Healthy Brains
Wanted: Healthy Brains
Brain banks have struggled to convince unaffected individuals to donate, hampering studies on “cognitively normal” neurodevelopment and aging.
Wanted: Healthy Brains
Wanted: Healthy Brains

Brain banks have struggled to convince unaffected individuals to donate, hampering studies on “cognitively normal” neurodevelopment and aging.

Brain banks have struggled to convince unaffected individuals to donate, hampering studies on “cognitively normal” neurodevelopment and aging.

genetics & genomics
Killifish Embryos Pause Development Without Consequence: Study
Killifish Embryos Pause Development Without Consequence: Study
Lisa Winter | Feb 21, 2020
Contrary to popular thinking, the period of arrested development is an active state of maintaining muscle integrity.
Former Jackson Lab Director Ken Paigen Dies
Former Jackson Lab Director Ken Paigen Dies
Shawna Williams | Feb 20, 2020
The geneticist’s long career included leading the laboratory’s recovery from a devastating 1989 fire.
CRISPR Can Create Unwanted Duplications During Knock-ins
CRISPR Can Create Unwanted Duplications During Knock-ins
Katarina Zimmer | Feb 19, 2020
A new study in mice documents frequent undesirable repeats of DNA insertions that are not detected using standard PCR analysis.
Remnants of Extinct Hominin Species Found in West African Genomes
Remnants of Extinct Hominin Species Found in West African Genomes
Shawna Williams | Feb 13, 2020
A study points to the existence of an ancient human relative that interbred with Homo sapiens.
Philip Leder, Who Deciphered Amino Acid Sequences, Dies
Philip Leder, Who Deciphered Amino Acid Sequences, Dies
Ashley Yeager | Feb 12, 2020
The Harvard Medical School researcher’s work on the genetic basis of protein coding and production led him to make groundbreaking discoveries in immunology, molecular biology, and cancer genetics.
Scientists Compare Novel Coronavirus with SARS and MERS Viruses
Scientists Compare Novel Coronavirus with SARS and MERS Viruses
Abby Olena | Feb 11, 2020
Researchers find 380 amino acid substitutions between 2019-nCoV and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)-related coronaviruses.
CRISPR-Edited Cells for Cancer Therapy Safe in Humans: Trial
CRISPR-Edited Cells for Cancer Therapy Safe in Humans: Trial
Ashley Yeager | Feb 6, 2020
In the first clinical study of its kind in the US, researchers used CRISPR to modify CAR T cells to make them more potent against cancer, but the clinical benefits are unknown.
Most Comprehensive Analysis of Cancer Genomes to Date
Most Comprehensive Analysis of Cancer Genomes to Date
Jef Akst | Feb 5, 2020
An interrogation of the whole genomes of more than 2,600 cancers yields clues about the genetic drivers of malignancy, how tumors evolve, and more.
Inadequate Myelination of Neurons Tied to Autism: Study
Inadequate Myelination of Neurons Tied to Autism: Study
Lisa Winter | Feb 4, 2020
A mouse model of autism and postmortem brains of autistic individuals showed a lack of mature oligodendrocytes and less myelination than controls.