Deafness Gene <em>GJB2</em> Edited in Human Eggs
Deafness Gene GJB2 Edited in Human Eggs
The research, led by Russian biologist Denis Rebrikov, has not led to the birth of gene-edited babies—yet.
Deafness Gene GJB2 Edited in Human Eggs
Deafness Gene GJB2 Edited in Human Eggs

The research, led by Russian biologist Denis Rebrikov, has not led to the birth of gene-edited babies—yet.

The research, led by Russian biologist Denis Rebrikov, has not led to the birth of gene-edited babies—yet.

genetics & genomics
Sequences of African Genomes Highlights Long-Overlooked Diversity
Sequences of African Genomes Highlights Long-Overlooked Diversity
Jef Akst | Oct 18, 2019
An analysis of more than 400 human genomes from residents of 13 African countries presented at this week’s annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics greatly expands our species’ cataloged genetic diversity.
Scientists Seek to Kill Genetic Test for Same-Sex Attraction
Scientists Seek to Kill Genetic Test for Same-Sex Attraction
Diana Kwon | Oct 17, 2019
Direct-to-consumer “How Gay Are You?” app sold by GenePlaza has been criticized for being misleading and irresponsible. 
<em>NPSR1</em> Variant Linked to Less Sleep in People: Study
NPSR1 Variant Linked to Less Sleep in People: Study
Emily Makowski | Oct 16, 2019
“Short sleeper” mice engineered to have the same sequence in the gene sleep less but show the same performance on memory tests as animals that sleep a normal amount.
Increased Neuronal Activity Shortens Lifespan in Animals
Increased Neuronal Activity Shortens Lifespan in Animals
Ruth Williams | Oct 16, 2019
Suppressing the natural age-related increase in neuronal excitation lengthens the lives of worms, and there are indications that the same may be true for mice and humans.
Sanger Institute Accused of Misusing African DNA Samples
Sanger Institute Accused of Misusing African DNA Samples
Kerry Grens | Oct 15, 2019
Whistleblowers allege the institute intended to commercialize a research tool based on the material, a violation of agreements with African scientists who collected the sequences.
Koala Immune Response to Genome-Inserting Retroviruses Identified
Koala Immune Response to Genome-Inserting Retroviruses Identified
Emily Makowski | Oct 11, 2019
Small RNAs called piRNAs provide a first line of defense against the viruses.
Unbalanced Chromosomal Inheritance More Common than Thought
Unbalanced Chromosomal Inheritance More Common than Thought
Jef Akst | Oct 11, 2019
A genomic analysis from 23andMe suggests that people inherit two copies of a chromosome from only one parent nearly twice as often as researchers had realized.
The Long Road to Edible Cottonseed
The Long Road to Edible Cottonseed
Shawna Williams | Oct 11, 2019
The FDA recently cleared the way for marketing of the genetically modified product. Texas A&M’s Keerti Rathore speaks with The Scientist about why and how it was developed.
Genome-Edited Hornless Cows&rsquo; Offspring Are Healthy: Study
Genome-Edited Hornless Cows’ Offspring Are Healthy: Study
Kerry Grens | Oct 9, 2019
All six calves inherited the gene for preventing horn growth, but four also got a piece of the plasmid used to introduce the sequence to their dad—complicating regulatory approval.