DNA Could Thwart Trade of the World’s Most Trafficked Mammal
DNA Could Thwart Trade of the World’s Most Trafficked Mammal
Pangolins are poached for their scales and meat, leading researchers to develop a set of molecular tools to help track and mitigate the trade.
DNA Could Thwart Trade of the World’s Most Trafficked Mammal
DNA Could Thwart Trade of the World’s Most Trafficked Mammal

Pangolins are poached for their scales and meat, leading researchers to develop a set of molecular tools to help track and mitigate the trade.

Pangolins are poached for their scales and meat, leading researchers to develop a set of molecular tools to help track and mitigate the trade.

genetics & genomics
Tracking Pangolin Traffic Networks
Tracking Pangolin Traffic Networks
The Scientist Staff | Aug 6, 2020
Working at bushmeat markets in Africa, researchers are trying to trace the trade networks of the mammals.
Microbial Signatures in Blood Are Associated with Various Cancers
Microbial Signatures in Blood Are Associated with Various Cancers
Shawna Williams | Jul 13, 2020
A study suggests the potential for a noninvasive diagnostic that could detect tumors early and differentiate between disease types.
Male Flies’ Y Chromosome May Contribute to Earlier Deaths
Male Flies’ Y Chromosome May Contribute to Earlier Deaths
Jef Akst | Jul 13, 2020
As male Drosophila grow old, selfish genetic elements that are abundant on the Y chromosome become more active, which appears to reduce longevity.
Native Americans Crossed the Pacific Long Before Europeans
Native Americans Crossed the Pacific Long Before Europeans
Abby Olena | Jul 8, 2020
Genetic evidence points to individuals from South America having possibly floated on a raft to Polynesian islands about 500 years before Europeans navigated there.
Gene Splicing Pioneer Dale Kaiser Dies
Gene Splicing Pioneer Dale Kaiser Dies
Ashley Yeager | Jun 29, 2020
Working with a virus that infects bacteria, the Stanford University biochemist and developmental biologist helped to develop a way to stitch DNA together, a discovery that gave rise to genetic engineering.
CRISPR Gene Editing Prompts Chaos in DNA of Human Embryos
CRISPR Gene Editing Prompts Chaos in DNA of Human Embryos
Amanda Heidt | Jun 26, 2020
Three studies identify unintended consequences of gene editing in human embryos, including large deletions and reshuffling of DNA.
Two Genetic Regions Linked with Severe COVID-19
Two Genetic Regions Linked with Severe COVID-19
Abby Olena | Jun 8, 2020
In a genome-wide association study, variants in both the ABO blood group locus and a cluster of genes on human chromosome 3 are more common among COVID-19 patients with respiratory failure than in the general population.
SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein Shares Sequence with a Human Protein
SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein Shares Sequence with a Human Protein
Abby Olena | Jun 1, 2020
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.
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.