microscope, genetics & genomics
Cargo-Sorting DNA Robots
Cargo-Sorting DNA Robots
Ruth Williams | Sep 14, 2017
Autonomous molecules that collect, carry, and sort different genetic packages usher in a new era for nucleic-acid robotics. 
Criticism for Craig Venter’s “Face-Prediction” Software
Criticism for Craig Venter’s “Face-Prediction” Software
Catherine Offord | Sep 11, 2017
The tool cannot predict a person’s face from DNA, say researchers—including some listed as coauthors on the publication. 
Fingerprints of Ongoing Human Evolution Found
Fingerprints of Ongoing Human Evolution Found
Shawna Williams | Sep 5, 2017
Genetic variants in Alzheimer’s- and smoking-related genes appear to be under selection pressure, according to a study comparing the genomes of old and young participants.
CRISPR May Prove Useful in De-Extinction Efforts
CRISPR May Prove Useful in De-Extinction Efforts
Britt Wray | Sep 1, 2017
Researchers are using the powerful gene-editing tool to recreate the woolly mammoth.
Contributors
Contributors
Catherine Offord and Jef Akst | Sep 1, 2017
Meet some of the people featured in the September 2017 issue of The Scientist.
A Bacteria-Laden Shirt That Ventilates in Response to Sweat
A Bacteria-Laden Shirt That Ventilates in Response to Sweat
Jef Akst | Sep 1, 2017
Exposure to the body’s humidity causes a film of the microbes to change shape, opening flaps in the garment to allow for increased airflow.
The Role of DNA Base Modifications
The Role of DNA Base Modifications
Skirmantas Kriaucionis | Sep 1, 2017
Researchers are just beginning to scratch the surface of how several newly recognized epigenetic changes function in the genome.
Infographic: The Various Forms of Methylated DNA
Infographic: The Various Forms of Methylated DNA
Skirmantas Kriaucionis | Aug 31, 2017
To expand the basic nucleotide alphabet, many species modify their DNA with epigenetic marks.
Global Patterns of Human Epigenetic Variation
Global Patterns of Human Epigenetic Variation
Ashley Yeager | Aug 28, 2017
A study of five far-flung human populations gives clues to adaptations to environmental pressures.
Driving Down Pests
Driving Down Pests
Amy Lewis | Aug 28, 2017
A computer model estimates that gene-drive technology could wipe out populations of an invasive mammal on islands.