Coronavirus Variant Linked to COVID-19 Outbreaks in California
Coronavirus Variant Linked to COVID-19 Outbreaks in California
It’s too early to know whether the L452R version of SARS-CoV-2 is highly infectious like the B.1.1.7 UK variant that is also spreading around the US.
Coronavirus Variant Linked to COVID-19 Outbreaks in California
Coronavirus Variant Linked to COVID-19 Outbreaks in California

It’s too early to know whether the L452R version of SARS-CoV-2 is highly infectious like the B.1.1.7 UK variant that is also spreading around the US.

It’s too early to know whether the L452R version of SARS-CoV-2 is highly infectious like the B.1.1.7 UK variant that is also spreading around the US.

genetics & genomics
Skin Sheltered from Sunlight Still Gathers UV-Linked Mutations
Skin Sheltered from Sunlight Still Gathers UV-Linked Mutations
Abby Olena | Jan 14, 2021
Whole-genome sequencing reveals a wide range of UV-induced DNA changes in human skin cells, and lighter skin collects more mutations, sometimes to “sky high” levels.
Q&A: Brown Fat Linked to Better Cardio and Metabolic Health
Q&A: Brown Fat Linked to Better Cardio and Metabolic Health
Amanda Heidt | Jan 12, 2021
Paul Cohen of the Rockefeller University describes his study of thousands of people, finding that the energy-burning tissue is tied to a lower risk of for several diseases, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
Watch a Plastid Squirm from One Plant Cell to Another
Watch a Plastid Squirm from One Plant Cell to Another
The Scientist Staff | Jan 8, 2021
Entire organelles bearing DNA move between strains of tobacco that were grafted to one another.
Identical Twins Accumulate Genetic Differences in the Womb
Identical Twins Accumulate Genetic Differences in the Womb
Catherine Offord | Jan 7, 2021
DNA replication errors during cell division cause monozygotic twins to diverge from each other even during the earliest stages of development, a new study finds.
Plant Cells Swap Organelles
Plant Cells Swap Organelles
Abby Olena | Jan 7, 2021
Their relocation explains horizontal genome transfer first described more than a decade ago.
Developmental Biologist Kathryn Anderson Dies at 68
Developmental Biologist Kathryn Anderson Dies at 68
Amanda Heidt | Jan 6, 2021
The Sloan Kettering researcher used mutagenic screening to probe genes and molecular pathways, including Toll and Hedgehog, essential to development in fruit flies and mice.
Your Partner’s Genome May Affect Your Health
Your Partner’s Genome May Affect Your Health
Catherine Offord | Jan 5, 2021
A study using data from more than 80,000 couples finds evidence of indirect genetic effects on traits ranging from smoking habits to mental health.
South African SARS-CoV-2 Variant Alarms Scientists
South African SARS-CoV-2 Variant Alarms Scientists
Max Kozlov | Jan 5, 2021
An additional mutation in the spike protein of the coronavirus may help it elude antibody recognition, and scientists are investigating if current vaccines will protect against it.
New Screening Approach Reveals Novel Regulators of Microcephaly
New Screening Approach Reveals Novel Regulators of Microcephaly
Catherine Offord | Jan 1, 2021
Researchers combine organoids, CRISPR-Cas9, and cellular barcoding technologies to identify genes that influence brain size.