insect repellent, genetics & genomics
Scientists Reverse Their Controversial Findings of CRISPR's Off-Target Effects
Diana Kwon | Mar 28, 2018
Last year, researchers claimed the gene-editing method had accuracy issues, but a new whole-genome sequencing analysis by the same team finds otherwise.
Another Bird Telomere Study, Different Results
Anna Azvolinsky | Mar 21, 2018
Two studies examining the effects of parents’ ages on their offsprings’ telomere lengths come to opposite conclusions.  
Kathy Matthews, Drosophila Geneticist, Dies
Kerry Grens | Mar 20, 2018
For decades, Matthews led two important repositories for fruit fly research: the Bloomington Drosophila Stock Center and FlyBase.  
Opinion: No, FDA Didn’t Really Approve 23andMe’s BRCA Test
Cecile Janssens | Mar 19, 2018
Rather, the breast cancer mutation screen was classified as a type of medical device with obligations for the company to reduce risks to customers.
Louise Slaughter, Scientist and Congresswoman, Dies
Kerry Grens | Mar 19, 2018
Trained in microbiology, Slaughter championed science, women’s health, and consumer protections as a member of the US House of Representatives.
Monitoring Mutations with Microfluidics
Ruth Williams | Mar 15, 2018
A device dubbed the “mother machine” enables real-time observation of mutagenesis in single bacterial cells.  
New Genetic Stroke-Risk Factors Identified
Catherine Offord | Mar 13, 2018
Analysis of DNA samples from more than 520,000 people brings the number of known stroke-risk loci to 32. 
John Sulston, Human Genome Project Leader, Dies
Kerry Grens | Mar 11, 2018
The biologist earned a Nobel Prize in 2002 for his work on C. elegans.
First Direct-to-Consumer BRCA Test Authorized by FDA
Kerry Grens | Mar 6, 2018
The agency gave personal genomics company 23andMe the green light to screen samples for breast cancer–related genetic mutations.
Researchers Identify Gene Variants Linked to Synesthesia
Catherine Offord | Mar 5, 2018
A whole-genome analysis of people who experience color when they listen to sounds points to a handful of genes involved in neural development.
New Methods to Detect CRISPR Off-Target Mutations
Sandeep Ravindran | Mar 1, 2018
Researchers have developed a variety of techniques to detect when CRISPR misses the mark.
Study Finds Epigenetic Differences Between Hatchery-Raised and Wild-Born Salmon
Shawna Williams | Mar 1, 2018
The variation may help explain why stocked salmon don’t fare as well in the ocean.
Researchers Publish First Pan-Cancer Genomic Analyses in Pediatric Patients
Catherine Offord | Feb 28, 2018
Two large-scale studies reveal new insights into the genomic characteristics of childhood cancers.
Environment, Not Genetics, Primarily Shapes Microbiome Composition
Jim Daley | Feb 28, 2018
Including microbiome composition in predictions of whether a person is obese can significantly improve their accuracy, according to an analysis.
Extinct and Living Elephants’ Genomic History Sequenced
Jim Daley | Feb 26, 2018
Gene flow between elephant species was a common feature of their evolutionary history.
Genomic Particularities Hint at Vampire Bat’s Ability to Live Off Blood
Kerry Grens | Feb 19, 2018
In cooperation with its microbiome, the animal has genetic help in digesting blood and warding off pathogens.
Researchers Produce Alpaca Antibodies Using Yeast
Catherine Offord | Feb 13, 2018
With multiple applications in biomedicine, the antibodies can now be made quickly, cheaply, and without the need for an alpaca or one of its relatives.
Book Excerpt from How to Feed the World
Uris Baldos | Feb 11, 2018
In chapter 5, “The Technology Ticket,” contributing author Uris Baldos urges acceptance and investment in “precision agriculture” to provide for a burgeoning global population.
Gene Expression Overlaps Among Psychiatric Disorders
Ashley P. Taylor | Feb 8, 2018
Transcriptional profiling of post-mortem human brains reveals commonalities in the genes over- and under-expressed in schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, and major depression. 
Study: Telomeres Don’t Shorten with Age in Longest-Lived Bats
Diana Kwon | Feb 7, 2018
Researchers find that while bats in the Myotis genus don’t produce telomerase, the enzyme that lengthens telomeres, they possess 21 telomere maintenance–related genes.