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Valerie Arboleda Uses Big Data to Unravel the Biology of a Rare Disease
Shawna Williams | May 1, 2018
The UCLA geneticist examines how defects in a histone protein lead to symptoms throughout the body.
Slow March Toward a Canavan Cure
Ashley Yeager | May 1, 2018
Two decades after a successful crowdfunding campaign, some clinical trial patients have seen improvements—but there’s still no approved treatment for the disease.
The Philadelphia Family Helping to Drive Research on MLD
Catherine Offord | May 1, 2018
Though Calliope Joy’s disease is too far progressed to be treatable, her parents have helped other children with metachromatic leukodystrophy get access to an experimental therapy.
A Devastating Diagnosis, a Viral Video, and a Clinical Trial
Diana Kwon | May 1, 2018
When the O’Neills learned that their daughter had Sanfilippo syndrome, a devastating rare disease, they created a GoFundMe campaign that raised $2 million in less than a year.
Families of Children with Rare Diseases Fuel Gene Therapy Research
Staff | May 1, 2018
Crowdfunding can power investigations into diseases that would otherwise receive little attention.
Genealogy Website Helped Crack Golden State Killer Case
Ashley Yeager | Apr 27, 2018
DNA from a relative of the suspect submitted to the site GEDmatch gave investigators just enough information to identify him, but the process raises privacy concerns.
Plant Engineered to Produce Higher Levels of Antimalarial Compound
Catherine Offord | Apr 25, 2018
Researchers used the genome sequence of
to boost the plant’s production of artemisinin.
Estonia Offers Free Genetic Testing to Residents
Diana Kwon | Apr 13, 2018
The nationwide experiment will initially include around 100,000 volunteers.
Image of the Day: Gene Expression
Staff, The Scientist Staff | Apr 9, 2018
A new algorithm scrutinizes the most hard-to-read segments of the genome.
Chinese Scientist Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Rice-Smuggling Plot
Ashley Yeager | Apr 5, 2018
The researcher stole genetically modified seeds and planned to give them to a crop research institute in China, the US Justice Department says.