SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein Shares Sequence with a Human Protein
SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein Shares Sequence with a Human Protein
Eight amino acids are identical to part of the human epithelial sodium channel, leading researchers to suspect the virus might interfere with the channel’s function.
SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein Shares Sequence with a Human Protein
SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein Shares Sequence with a Human Protein

Eight amino acids are identical to part of the human epithelial sodium channel, leading researchers to suspect the virus might interfere with the channel’s function.

Eight amino acids are identical to part of the human epithelial sodium channel, leading researchers to suspect the virus might interfere with the channel’s function.

genetics & genomics
Left-Handed DNA Has a Biological Role Within a Dynamic Genetic Code
Left-Handed DNA Has a Biological Role Within a Dynamic Genetic Code
Rachel Brazil | Jun 1, 2020
Once considered an unimportant curiosity, Z-DNA is now recognized to provide an on-the-fly mechanism to regulate how an RNA transcript is edited.
Infographic: DNA Isn’t Always Right-Handed
Infographic: DNA Isn’t Always Right-Handed
Rachel Brazil | Jun 1, 2020
When the nucleic acid spirals to the left, it takes on a zig-zag shape known as Z-DNA that appears to regulate RNA editing.
How a Pea Aphid Decides to Make Wings or Not
How a Pea Aphid Decides to Make Wings or Not
Viviane Callier | Jun 1, 2020
Wing development in females is environmentally controlled, but in males, an insertion on the sex chromosome appears to dictate whether the insects grow wings, according to a study.
First US Outbreak of COVID-19 Seeded in Mid-February: Preprint
First US Outbreak of COVID-19 Seeded in Mid-February: Preprint
Kerry Grens | May 27, 2020
A modeling study counters initial interpretations that the cluster began with someone who flew to Seattle in mid-January.
Alzheimer’s Gene Linked to Higher Risk of Severe COVID-19
Alzheimer’s Gene Linked to Higher Risk of Severe COVID-19
Jef Akst | May 26, 2020
Two copies of the APOE4 variant, which confers a higher risk of dementia, doubles the risk of severe symptoms as a result of infection with SARS-CoV-2, according to a study.
Environmental Factors Don’t Explain Rise in Autism Prevalence
Environmental Factors Don’t Explain Rise in Autism Prevalence
Peter Hess | May 22, 2020
A large twin study in Sweden finds genetics has a much larger influence on the odds of an autism diagnosis, and has remained consistent over time.
Paul Marks, Past President of MSKCC, Dies
Paul Marks, Past President of MSKCC, Dies
Catherine Offord | May 8, 2020
A cancer researcher with a talent for leadership, Marks turned the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center into one of the world’s foremost oncology research institutions.
Receptors for SARS-CoV-2 Present in Wide Variety of Human Cells
Receptors for SARS-CoV-2 Present in Wide Variety of Human Cells
Chris Baraniuk | Apr 29, 2020
Analyses from single-cell sequencing datasets support the idea that COVID-19 is not just a respiratory disease but an illness that can affect multiple organs.
DNA Could Hold Clues to Varying Severity of COVID-19
DNA Could Hold Clues to Varying Severity of COVID-19
Marla Broadfoot | Apr 17, 2020
Hundreds of scientists around the globe are launching studies in search of genes that could explain why some people fall victim to coronavirus infection while others escape relatively unscathed.