genetics & genomics, funding, cell & molecular biology
Ancient African DNA Hints at Eurasian Migration
Ancient African DNA Hints at Eurasian Migration
Bob Grant | Oct 13, 2015
A 4,500-year-old genome, extracted from the skeleton of an Ethiopian man, bears the marks of human migration from Europe back into Africa.
Stem Cell Therapy In Utero
Stem Cell Therapy In Utero
Kerry Grens | Oct 13, 2015
An upcoming clinical trial aims to correct for a disease of fragile bones in affected babies before they are born.
Explaining Elephants’ Cancer Resistance
Explaining Elephants’ Cancer Resistance
Jef Akst | Oct 13, 2015
Two studies reveal that the giant mammals have dozens of extra copies of a cancer-preventing gene.
Scientists Skip Cell Line Validation
Scientists Skip Cell Line Validation
Kerry Grens | Oct 12, 2015
Despite known problems with contamination and mislabeled cell lines, most researchers continue to operate without authenticating cells’ identity.
Epigenetic Marks Tied to Homosexuality
Epigenetic Marks Tied to Homosexuality
Kerry Grens | Oct 8, 2015
In a small study of male twins, nine methylation sites helped researchers predict a person’s sexual orientation.
Phase 3 Win for Gene Therapy
Phase 3 Win for Gene Therapy
Kerry Grens | Oct 6, 2015
The treatment restored sight among people with an inherited visual impairment.
Gene-Edited Pets
Gene-Edited Pets
Karen Zusi | Oct 2, 2015
Genomics giant BGI announces plans to sell “micro-pigs” it originally developed for research.
New Way to Edit Genes
New Way to Edit Genes
Jef Akst | Oct 1, 2015
Researchers develop a more-efficient method for rewriting DNA that could hold therapeutic value for HIV and other diseases.
Neurogenesis in the Mammalian Brain
Neurogenesis in the Mammalian Brain
Jef Akst | Oct 1, 2015
Neuron nurseries in the adult brains of rodents and humans appear to influence cognitive function.
Cultural Riches
Cultural Riches
Anna Azvolinsky | Oct 1, 2015
Researchers devise new techniques to facilitate growing bacteria collected from the environment.