quantitative PCR, genetics & genomics, evolution
CRISPR Used in Human Embryos to Probe Gene Function
CRISPR Used in Human Embryos to Probe Gene Function
Ashley P. Taylor | Sep 20, 2017
OCT4 is necessary for blastocyst formation in the human embryo, researchers report.
Icelanders’ Genomes Hint at Origins of Genetic Diversity
Icelanders’ Genomes Hint at Origins of Genetic Diversity
Ashley Yeager | Sep 20, 2017
An analysis of 14,000 genomes reveals regions where new mutations are more likely to develop.
Second Chance for Lost Galapagos Tortoises?
Second Chance for Lost Galapagos Tortoises?
Bob Grant | Sep 14, 2017
Researchers are trying to recreate an extinct species of the lumbering reptiles by breeding closely related species that contain traces of the lost lineage’s DNA.
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. 
Sea Anemones Illuminate the Evolution of Embryo Development
Sea Anemones Illuminate the Evolution of Embryo Development
Abby Olena | Sep 11, 2017
A study of a simple marine animal suggests that the common ancestor of cnidarians and bilaterians may have had three germ layers instead of two.
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. 
Mongolian Dinosaurs and the Poaching Problem
Mongolian Dinosaurs and the Poaching Problem
David Moscato | Sep 8, 2017
High-profile cases of poached fossils shine a light on the black market for paleontological specimens—and how scientists and governments are trying to stop it.
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.
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.