jays, genetics & genomics
Pinpointing the Origin of Marbled Crayfish Clones
Pinpointing the Origin of Marbled Crayfish Clones
Diana Kwon | May 1, 2018
Research suggests that the invasive, all-female Procambarus virginalis originated in a German aquarium back in the 1990s.
Slow March Toward a Canavan Cure
Slow March Toward a Canavan Cure
Ashley Yeager | May 1, 2018
Two decades after a successful crowdfunding campaign, some clinical trial patients have seen improvements—but there’s still no approved treatment for the disease.
A Devastating Diagnosis, a Viral Video, and a Clinical Trial
A Devastating Diagnosis, a Viral Video, and a Clinical Trial
Diana Kwon | May 1, 2018
When the O’Neills learned that their daughter had Sanfilippo syndrome, a devastating rare disease, they created a GoFundMe campaign that raised $2 million in less than a year.
Families of Children with Rare Diseases Fuel Gene Therapy Research
Families of Children with Rare Diseases Fuel Gene Therapy Research
The Scientist Staff | May 1, 2018
Crowdfunding can power investigations into diseases that would otherwise receive little attention.
Exome Sequencing Helps Crack Rare Disease Diagnosis
Exome Sequencing Helps Crack Rare Disease Diagnosis
Amanda B. Keener | May 1, 2018
Clinical analyses of patients’ gene sequences are helping to provide answers where none were available before.
Genealogy Website Helped Crack Golden State Killer Case
Genealogy Website Helped Crack Golden State Killer Case
Ashley Yeager | Apr 27, 2018
DNA from a relative of the suspect submitted to the site GEDmatch gave investigators just enough information to identify him, but the process raises privacy concerns.
Plant Engineered to Produce Higher Levels of Antimalarial Compound
Plant Engineered to Produce Higher Levels of Antimalarial Compound
Catherine Offord | Apr 25, 2018
Researchers used the genome sequence of Artemisia annua to boost the plant’s production of artemisinin.
Free Divers From Southeast Asia Evolved Bigger Spleens
Free Divers From Southeast Asia Evolved Bigger Spleens
Anna Azvolinsky | Apr 19, 2018
The adaptation gives better endurance to the Bajau people, known as sea nomads, by increasing spleen size and, in turn, boosting the number of oxygenated red blood cells when diving.  
Estonia Offers Free Genetic Testing to Residents
Estonia Offers Free Genetic Testing to Residents
Diana Kwon | Apr 13, 2018
The nationwide experiment will initially include around 100,000 volunteers.
Sweet Tooth Gene Tied to Less Body Fat
Sweet Tooth Gene Tied to Less Body Fat
Kerry Grens | Apr 11, 2018
A study of more than 450,000 people finds a certain genetic variant associated with eating more carbs is linked to a thicker waist and higher blood pressure, but less fat.