human genetics
Targeting the Noncoding Genome with CRISPR
Targeting the Noncoding Genome with CRISPR
Anna Azvolinsky | Sep 29, 2016
Two independent groups demonstrate the utility of CRISPR-based techniques to identify regulatory elements that govern disease-linked genes. 
In Southern Africa, Human Genetics Tied to Environment
In Southern Africa, Human Genetics Tied to Environment
Jef Akst | Sep 7, 2016
Ancestries of nearly two dozen indigenous groups in the region reveal a close link between the genetic clustering of populations and the Kalahari Desert’s ecogeography.
Largest Human Genetic Variation Repository Yet
Largest Human Genetic Variation Repository Yet
Anna Azvolinsky | Aug 17, 2016
An open-access catalog of tens of thousands of human exome sequences highlights the power of a very large genomic dataset in pinpointing genes linked to rare diseases. 
Bill Banning Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy Considered
Bill Banning Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy Considered
Tanya Lewis | May 19, 2016
The US Senate is reviewing a bill that would extend a ban on so-called three-parent embryos.
Human Embryos Genetically Edited Again
Human Embryos Genetically Edited Again
Kerry Grens | Apr 11, 2016
For the second time, researchers use CRISPR to modify the genomes of nonviable embryos.
Finding Enhancers with CRISPR
Finding Enhancers with CRISPR
Anna Azvolinsky | Jan 11, 2016
Researchers use CRISPR/Cas9 to screen for noncoding elements in the human genome.
Allele Linked to Obesity in People
Allele Linked to Obesity in People
Kerry Grens | Nov 3, 2015
A single nucleotide polymorphism in BDNF is tied with lower levels of the protein and higher body-mass index.
The Evolving Face of Obesity
The Evolving Face of Obesity
The Scientist Staff | Nov 1, 2015
Researchers are striving to understand exactly what has made the global population get so fat so fast.
Following FDA OK, 23andMe to Expand Health Prediction
Following FDA OK, 23andMe to Expand Health Prediction
Kerry Grens | Oct 21, 2015
The personal genomics firm is ramping up its suite of disease-related genetic tests.
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.