Opinion: The Pandemic and the RNA Sequencing Gap
Opinion: The Pandemic and the RNA Sequencing Gap
RNA sequencing technology lags far behind researchers’ ability to decode and understand DNA. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted this dangerous shortcoming.
Opinion: The Pandemic and the RNA Sequencing Gap
Opinion: The Pandemic and the RNA Sequencing Gap

RNA sequencing technology lags far behind researchers’ ability to decode and understand DNA. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted this dangerous shortcoming.

RNA sequencing technology lags far behind researchers’ ability to decode and understand DNA. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted this dangerous shortcoming.

RNA sequencing
100-Year-Old Lungs Yield Genetic Samples of 1918 Flu Viruses
100-Year-Old Lungs Yield Genetic Samples of 1918 Flu Viruses
Christie Wilcox | May 18, 2021
Influenza RNA sequences from three sets of lungs preserved in formalin since 1918 provide new insights into the deadly pandemic.
Early-Life Stress Exerts Long-Lasting Effects Via Epigenome
Early-Life Stress Exerts Long-Lasting Effects Via Epigenome
Asher Jones | Mar 18, 2021
In mice, epigenetic marks made on histones during infancy influence depression-like behavior during adulthood. A drug that reverses the genomic tags appears to undo the damage.
Identified: Molecular Predictors of Rheumatoid Arthritis Relapse
Identified: Molecular Predictors of Rheumatoid Arthritis Relapse
Ruth Williams | Jul 15, 2020
The presence of a particular set of RNAs in the blood forewarns of an onset of severe symptoms and points to the cells involved.
Image of the Day: Beetle Evolution
Image of the Day: Beetle Evolution
Emily Makowski | Nov 19, 2019
Plants, fungi, and bacteria likely contributed to insect diversity.
Spaceflight Alters Genes of Human Stem Cell–Derived Heart Cells
Spaceflight Alters Genes of Human Stem Cell–Derived Heart Cells
Emily Makowski | Nov 7, 2019
Cardiomyocytes made from iPSCs aboard the International Space Station had upregulated mitochondrial functioning.
Increased Neuronal Activity Shortens Lifespan in Animals
Increased Neuronal Activity Shortens Lifespan in Animals
Ruth Williams | Oct 16, 2019
Suppressing the natural age-related increase in neuronal excitation lengthens the lives of worms, and there are indications that the same may be true for mice and humans.
New Tools in the Works to Probe Adult Human Neurogenesis
New Tools in the Works to Probe Adult Human Neurogenesis
Ashley Yeager | Oct 7, 2019
Conflicting results on the existence of new neurons in adults have researchers designing new ways to identify and count neuronal progenitors—and finally get to the bottom of neurogenesis.
Drug Discovery Techniques Open the Door to RNA-targeted Drugs
Drug Discovery Techniques Open the Door to RNA-targeted Drugs
Amber Dance | Jun 1, 2019
New ways to search for druggable RNAs and matching small molecules
Neural Cell Types Tied to Autism Identified in Single-Cell Study
Neural Cell Types Tied to Autism Identified in Single-Cell Study
Ruth Williams | May 16, 2019
An RNA analysis of human brain cells reveals gene expression changes in cortical neurons and microglia linked to autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Analysis of 2,000 Brains Provides Clues to Schizophrenia, Autism
Analysis of 2,000 Brains Provides Clues to Schizophrenia, Autism
Catherine Offord | Dec 14, 2018
The PsychENCODE project delves into the DNA, RNA, and protein changes related to brain development and neuropsychiatric disorders, but researchers caution it’s just a first step toward treatment.
Genetic Sequencing Uncovers New Options for Multiple Myeloma Patients
Genetic Sequencing Uncovers New Options for Multiple Myeloma Patients
Shawna Williams | Nov 1, 2018
A small pilot study suggests the approach can identify effective treatments already approved for other cancers.
Genome, Exome, RNA Sequencing Applied to Pediatric Cancer Cases
Genome, Exome, RNA Sequencing Applied to Pediatric Cancer Cases
Ashley Yeager | Oct 18, 2018
Combining data from the genetic testing techniques can guide patient care, scientists say.
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.