Can Viruses in the Genome Cause Disease?
Can Viruses in the Genome Cause Disease?
Clinical trials that target human endogenous retroviruses to treat multiple sclerosis, ALS, and other ailments are underway, but many questions remain about how these sequences may disrupt our biology.
Can Viruses in the Genome Cause Disease?
Can Viruses in the Genome Cause Disease?

Clinical trials that target human endogenous retroviruses to treat multiple sclerosis, ALS, and other ailments are underway, but many questions remain about how these sequences may disrupt our biology.

Clinical trials that target human endogenous retroviruses to treat multiple sclerosis, ALS, and other ailments are underway, but many questions remain about how these sequences may disrupt our biology.

genetics & genomics
Cities Can Serve as Cauldrons of Evolution
Cities Can Serve as Cauldrons of Evolution
Catherine Offord | Jan 1, 2019
From changes in gene flow to adaptation, the effects of urbanization are shaping the evolutionary trajectories of plants and animals.
DNA Could Help Bring Home Remains of Ancient Aboriginal People
DNA Could Help Bring Home Remains of Ancient Aboriginal People
Carolyn Wilke | Dec 20, 2018
Genetic material from bones could be used to locate living descendants for the remains’ repatriation, researchers showed.
Analysis of 2,000 Brains Provides Clues to Schizophrenia, Autism
Analysis of 2,000 Brains Provides Clues to Schizophrenia, Autism
Catherine Offord | Dec 14, 2018
The PsychENCODE project delves into the DNA, RNA, and protein changes related to brain development and neuropsychiatric disorders, but researchers caution it’s just a first step toward treatment.
Opinion: The Central Dogma of Mitochondrial Genetics Needs Rewriting
Opinion: The Central Dogma of Mitochondrial Genetics Needs Rewriting
John D. Loike | Dec 12, 2018
The recent discovery of 17 people who have inherited maternal and paternal lines of mitochondrial DNA has major ramifications for medical and ancestry research.
“Co-op” Lets Users Barter DNA and Health Information for Shares
“Co-op” Lets Users Barter DNA and Health Information for Shares
Shawna Williams | Dec 7, 2018
LunaDNA receives Securities and Exchange Commission approval to treat the data as currency.
CRISPR Scientists Slam Methods Used on Gene-Edited Babies
CRISPR Scientists Slam Methods Used on Gene-Edited Babies
Katarina Zimmer | Dec 4, 2018
Since He Jiankui presented his results at last week’s gene editing summit, researchers have raised concerns about his protocol, calling the procedure “amateurish” and “unconscionable.”
Fathers Can Pass Mitochondrial DNA to Children
Fathers Can Pass Mitochondrial DNA to Children
Anna Azvolinsky | Dec 4, 2018
Researchers identify unique cases in which people inherited mitochondrial DNA not just from their mother but also from their father.
No Ban on Gene Drives: UN Convention
No Ban on Gene Drives: UN Convention
Kerry Grens | Nov 30, 2018
United Nations members agree to some restrictions on the technology, but not a total suspension of its use.
Rapid DNA Analysis Steps In to Identify Remains of Wildfire Victims
Rapid DNA Analysis Steps In to Identify Remains of Wildfire Victims
Katarina Zimmer | Nov 30, 2018
Investigators have the victims’ samples in hand, but face a range of obstacles before they can finally ID them.