mutation
Image of the Day: Super Spores 
Image of the Day: Super Spores 
The Scientist Staff | Sep 28, 2017
The deadly fungus Cryptococcus deuterogattii harbors a genetic tweak that propels its mutation rate and allows it to rapidly develop antifungal resistance.
Reverse Transcriptase with Proofreading Capabilities Created
Reverse Transcriptase with Proofreading Capabilities Created
Alison F. Takemura | Jun 27, 2016
Using directed evolution, researchers selected a DNA polymerase to copy RNA into DNA.
Another Genetic Cause of Venous Malformations Found
Another Genetic Cause of Venous Malformations Found
Catherine Offord | Mar 31, 2016
Mutations in a cancer gene could account for some cases of disfiguring blood vessel abnormalities, scientists show.
Telomerase Overdrive
Telomerase Overdrive
Ashley P. Taylor | Jan 1, 2016
Two mutations in a gene involved in telomere extension reverse the gene’s epigenetic silencing.
HIV Quickly Invades the Brain
HIV Quickly Invades the Brain
Jenny Rood | Mar 30, 2015
The virus that causes AIDS can replicate and mutate in the brain as early as four months after initial infection, according to a new study.
Mosaic Mutations
Mosaic Mutations
Kate Yandell | Jul 31, 2014
Some genetic abnormalities that appear to have sprung up independently in children are in fact present in a portion of their parents’ cells.
Targeted Brain Cancer Vaccine
Targeted Brain Cancer Vaccine
Anna Azvolinsky | Jun 25, 2014
Mouse study demonstrates the ability of a cancer vaccine targeted against a specific oncogenic mutation to elicit a protective anti-tumor immune response. 
Mutation Tied to Reduced Heart Disease
Mutation Tied to Reduced Heart Disease
Kerry Grens | Jun 20, 2014
Genetic variants that cripple a triglyceride-producing protein are linked with a lower risk of heart attack and stroke.
Testicular-Skin Cancer Tradeoff
Testicular-Skin Cancer Tradeoff
Bob Grant | Oct 14, 2013
A genetic mutation tied to risk of developing testicular cancer may be more prevalent in white men because it also confers a reduced risk of developing skin cancer.
Sexually Confused Dog
Jef Akst | Sep 23, 2011
A female bulldog with testicles but no SRY gene considered scientific anomaly.