history, genetics & genomics, cell & molecular biology
Do Patents Promote or Stall Innovation?
Do Patents Promote or Stall Innovation?
Catherine Offord | Jun 1, 2016
A petition recently filed with the Supreme Court triggers renewed debate about the role of patents in the diagnostics sector.
The Rabies Vaccine Backstory
The Rabies Vaccine Backstory
Catherine Offord | Jun 1, 2016
Louis Pasteur’s trepidation at injecting a child with the first rabies vaccine might have reflected his private knowledge of its lack of prior animal testing.
The Fatty Acid–Ketone Switch
The Fatty Acid–Ketone Switch
Amanda B. Keener | Jun 1, 2016
In failing hearts, cardiomyocytes change their fuel preference.
Building Gene Networks
Building Gene Networks
Richard A. Muscat | Jun 1, 2016
Synthetic biologists use natural genetic motifs to construct novel circuits.
Finding Mislabeled Noncoding RNAs
Finding Mislabeled Noncoding RNAs
Ruth Williams | Jun 1, 2016
Researchers scour the genome for micropeptides encoded within RNAs presumed to function in a noncoding capacity.
Synthetic Biology Comes into Its Own
Synthetic Biology Comes into Its Own
Richard A. Muscat | Jun 1, 2016
Researchers create novel genetic circuits that give insight into, and are inspired by, nature.
Noncoding RNAs Not So Noncoding
Noncoding RNAs Not So Noncoding
Ruth Williams | Jun 1, 2016
Bits of the transcriptome once believed to function as RNA molecules are in fact translated into small proteins.
In Failing Hearts, Cardiomyocytes Alter Metabolism
In Failing Hearts, Cardiomyocytes Alter Metabolism
Amanda B. Keener | Jun 1, 2016
While the heart cells normally burn fatty acids, when things go wrong ketones become the preferred fuel source.
Editing Genomes to Record Cellular Histories
Editing Genomes to Record Cellular Histories
Ruth Williams | May 26, 2016
Researchers harness the power of genome editing to track cell lineages throughout zebrafish development.
Report: Still Lots to Learn About GE Crops
Report: Still Lots to Learn About GE Crops
Tracy Vence | May 17, 2016
A National Academies–led analysis evaluates the impacts of genetically engineered crops—and calls for updated regulations.