The Biggest Science News of 2020
The Biggest Science News of 2020
Neanderthal DNA surprises in modern humans, the first blood test for Alzheimer’s, a discovery of new human salivary glands, and, oh yeah, a pandemic
The Biggest Science News of 2020
The Biggest Science News of 2020

Neanderthal DNA surprises in modern humans, the first blood test for Alzheimer’s, a discovery of new human salivary glands, and, oh yeah, a pandemic

Neanderthal DNA surprises in modern humans, the first blood test for Alzheimer’s, a discovery of new human salivary glands, and, oh yeah, a pandemic

mitochondria
New Gene Editing Tool Corrects Mutations in Mitochondrial DNA
New Gene Editing Tool Corrects Mutations in Mitochondrial DNA
Amanda Heidt | Jul 9, 2020
An enzyme pulled from toxic bacteria can enter the organelle and perform single-nucleotide DNA swaps.
Image of the Day: Ancient Horned Lark
Image of the Day: Ancient Horned Lark
Amy Schleunes | Mar 6, 2020
A complete bird specimen uncovered in northeastern Siberia is radiocarbon dated to be roughly 44,000–49,000 years old.
Macrophages in Mice Shuttle Mitochondria to Neurons in Need
Macrophages in Mice Shuttle Mitochondria to Neurons in Need
Katarina Zimmer | Mar 5, 2020
The findings could represent a novel mechanism for relieving inflammatory pain.
Infographic: A Gene Editor for Plant Mitochondrial DNA
Infographic: A Gene Editor for Plant Mitochondrial DNA
Ruth Williams | Mar 1, 2020
New TALEN-based tools enable the organelle’s genome to be targeted and modified.
Can Destroying Senescent Cells Treat Age-Related Disease?
Can Destroying Senescent Cells Treat Age-Related Disease?
Katarina Zimmer | Mar 1, 2020
A handful of clinical trials are underway to find out whether drugs that target senescent cells can slow the ravages of old age.
Gene Editing Reaches Plant Mitochondria
Gene Editing Reaches Plant Mitochondria
Ruth Williams | Mar 1, 2020
Modified gene editing machinery enables targeted disruptions of mitochondrial genes in rice and rapeseed plants.
Infographic: How Does Cell Senescence Drive Aging and Disease?
Infographic: How Does Cell Senescence Drive Aging and Disease?
Katarina Zimmer | Mar 1, 2020
The accumulation of zombie-like cells seems to accelerate aging and promote aging-related disease. Researchers are trying to figure out how.
Researchers Find Cell-Free Mitochondria Floating in Human Blood
Researchers Find Cell-Free Mitochondria Floating in Human Blood
Katarina Zimmer | Feb 6, 2020
The functional, respiring organelles appear to be present in the blood of healthy people, but their function is yet unclear.
Image of the Day: Unusual ATP Synthase
Image of the Day: Unusual ATP Synthase
Emily Makowski | Jan 8, 2020
A single-celled organism has an energy-producing enzyme with unique features.