innovation, ecology, genetics & genomics
Former Affymetrix Employees Fail to Stop Thermo Fisher Takeover
Former Affymetrix Employees Fail to Stop Thermo Fisher Takeover
Bob Grant | Mar 22, 2016
Their $1.5 billion bid, which topped Thermo Fisher Scientific’s $1.3 billion offer for the genetic analysis company, was rejected.
Origins of Dysentery
Origins of Dysentery
Bob Grant | Mar 22, 2016
A new genomic analysis reveals that the pathogen responsible for the gastrointestinal disease likely originated in Europe and hitched a ride to new lands with settlers.
CRISPR Can Tag RNA
CRISPR Can Tag RNA
Kerry Grens | Mar 21, 2016
Modifications to the DNA-slicing program allow for monitoring the movement of messenger RNA.
Study: Genetic Tests Don’t Change Behavior
Study: Genetic Tests Don’t Change Behavior
Jef Akst | Mar 17, 2016
Knowing one’s genetic risk for particular diseases doesn’t encourage behavior modifications, according to a study.
Clock Reset on Denisovan-Neanderthal Split
Clock Reset on Denisovan-Neanderthal Split
Kerry Grens | Mar 14, 2016
Nuclear DNA from 430,000-year-old specimens indicates that Neanderthals had already diverged from their ancient-human predecessors.
CRISPRi-Controlled Gene Expression
CRISPRi-Controlled Gene Expression
Jef Akst | Mar 10, 2016
A variation of the gene-editing technique can more precisely and efficiently downregulate the expression of target genes than traditional CRISPR/Cas9.
China’s Bats Widely Resistant to White-Nose Syndrome
China’s Bats Widely Resistant to White-Nose Syndrome
Bob Grant | Mar 10, 2016
A study suggests bats in Asia could have genes that protect them from the fungal infection that is decimating bat populations in North America.
Dragonfly is World-Record Flier
Dragonfly is World-Record Flier
Bob Grant | Mar 3, 2016
Researchers have determined that a diminutive insect out-flies all other winged migrators by traveling thousands of miles between continents and across oceans yearly.
Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
Bob Grant | Mar 1, 2016
Herding Hemingway's Cats, Hair: A Human History, Restless Creatures, and The Mind Club
Dial It Up, Dial It Down
Dial It Up, Dial It Down
Kelly Rae Chi | Mar 1, 2016
Newer CRISPR tools for manipulating transcription will help unlock noncoding RNA’s many roles.