immunology, genetics & genomics
Researchers Learn from Plant Viruses to Protect Crops
Researchers Learn from Plant Viruses to Protect Crops
Claire Asher | Feb 1, 2018
Plants are locked in an ancient arms race with hostile viruses, but genome editing is giving crops the upper hand.
How Viruses Attack Plants
How Viruses Attack Plants
Claire Asher | Jan 31, 2018
Viruses are incapable of reproducing without the help of a host, whose cells copy their genetic material and fabricate the building blocks of new virus particles.
“Retired” Mice Find New Life as Top Models for Autism
“Retired” Mice Find New Life as Top Models for Autism
Jessica Wright | Jan 29, 2018
After years of obscurity, strains of mice with mutations in particular genes are thrust to the fore of autism research.
Researchers Discover 10 New Immune Systems in Bacteria
Researchers Discover 10 New Immune Systems in Bacteria
Jim Daley | Jan 25, 2018
The findings more than double the number of known defense mechanisms, piquing the interests of molecular biology tool developers.
Monkeys Cloned by Dolly-the-Sheep Technology
Monkeys Cloned by Dolly-the-Sheep Technology
Catherine Offord | Jan 25, 2018
The approach, which has never before been successfully attempted in primates, could lead to improved animal models for human biology and disease.
CRISPR Trial for Cancer Patients Proposed
CRISPR Trial for Cancer Patients Proposed
Katarina Zimmer | Jan 19, 2018
US researchers could become the first outside China to use the gene-editing technique in the clinic. 
EU Advisor Recommends Regulatory Exemption for Gene Editing
EU Advisor Recommends Regulatory Exemption for Gene Editing
Catherine Offord | Jan 18, 2018
Crops produced using mutagenic technologies such as CRISPR should generally be exempt from regulatory laws governing GMOs, according to the published opinion.
Learning Opens the Genome
Learning Opens the Genome
Ruth Williams | Jan 17, 2018
Researchers map learning-induced chromatin alterations in mouse brain cells, and find that many affect autism-associated genes.
Researchers Develop a Technique to Regenerate the Mouse Thymus
Researchers Develop a Technique to Regenerate the Mouse Thymus
Jim Daley | Jan 12, 2018
The discovery reveals the role of a growth factor and endothelial cells in thymus repair, and could have implications for chemotherapy and radiation patients’ recovery following treatment.
Immunity May Make CRISPR-Based Therapies Ineffective
Immunity May Make CRISPR-Based Therapies Ineffective
Jim Daley | Jan 10, 2018
Researchers identify antibodies for two commonly used Cas9 proteins in human blood. Investors take notice.