Bedbugs Predated <em>T. rex</em> and Triceratops, New Family Tree Shows
Bedbugs Predated T. rex and Triceratops, New Family Tree Shows
The finding overturns the idea that the insect’s first victims were bats and reveals that certain species started targeting humans as a side snack, not as a main meal.
Bedbugs Predated T. rex and Triceratops, New Family Tree Shows
Bedbugs Predated T. rex and Triceratops, New Family Tree Shows

The finding overturns the idea that the insect’s first victims were bats and reveals that certain species started targeting humans as a side snack, not as a main meal.

The finding overturns the idea that the insect’s first victims were bats and reveals that certain species started targeting humans as a side snack, not as a main meal.

genetics & genomics
Most Extensive Synthetic Genome Project to Date
Most Extensive Synthetic Genome Project to Date
Ashley P. Taylor | May 16, 2019
Study shows the viability of bacteria with human-made, recoded DNA.
Image of the Day: Lefties
Image of the Day: Lefties
Chia-Yi Hou | May 15, 2019
Snails with a gene knocked out by CRISPR grow with their shells coiling in the opposite direction.
Killifish Survive Polluted Waters Thanks to Genes from Another Fish
Killifish Survive Polluted Waters Thanks to Genes from Another Fish
Emma Yasinski | May 6, 2019
Gulf killifish have made a stunning comeback in Houston with the help of genetic mutations imported from interspecies mating with Atlantic killifish.
What Does It Look Like to &ldquo;Turn On&rdquo; a Gene?
What Does It Look Like to “Turn On” a Gene?
Alla Katsnelson, Casey Rentz, Knowable Magazine | May 3, 2019
Only recently have scientists directly witnessed this most pivotal of events in biology, thanks to new technology that allows them to observe the process in living cells. It’s teaching them a lot.
Opinion: How to Define Life
Opinion: How to Define Life
John D. Loike, Robert Pollack | May 2, 2019
As artificial life forms become more sophisticated, we propose a simple list of criteria to determine whether synthetic biological organisms and robots are living beings.
Could AI Make Gene Editing More Accurate?
Could AI Make Gene Editing More Accurate?
Ashley Yeager | May 1, 2019
Machine learning algorithms predict the repairs made to DNA after Cas9 cuts.
Image of the Day: Cone Preservation
Image of the Day: Cone Preservation
Chia-Yi Hou | Apr 30, 2019
Researchers treat mice with retinitis pigmentosa using a gene therapy that reduces cone loss.
FBI Investigates uBiome for Financial Misconduct
FBI Investigates uBiome for Financial Misconduct
Chia-Yi Hou | Apr 29, 2019
Federal agents searched the offices of the personal microbiome testing company in San Francisco on April 26 following allegations of improperly billing health insurers.
Prenatal Sequencing for Some Autism Genes May Soon Be Available
Prenatal Sequencing for Some Autism Genes May Soon Be Available
Jessica Wright | Apr 22, 2019
Two studies, taken together, imply that sequencing can identify a genetic cause for ultrasound abnormalities in roughly 10 percent of cases.