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RNA Protects “Naked” Genomes from Retrotransposons
Shawna Williams | Jun 30, 2017
Transfer RNA fragments prevent jumping genes from hopping around in the mouse embryo, when histone methylation can’t do the job.
Ribosomal DNA Copy Numbers Decrease in Some Cancers
Abby Olena | Jun 22, 2017
An analysis of human cancer genome projects uncovers a counterintuitive loss of ribosomal gene copies.
Quick and Cheap Zika Detection
Ruth Williams | May 3, 2017
A heat block, a truck battery, and a novel RNA amplification assay make for in-the-field surveillance of the virus.
Noncoding RNA Helps Cells Recover from DNA Damage
Diana Kwon | May 1, 2017
Scientists discover transcripts from the same gene that can express both proteins and noncoding RNA.
Study: Most Long Noncoding RNAs Likely Functional
Kerry Grens | Mar 2, 2017
Nearly 20,000 lncRNAs identified in human cells may play some role in cellular activities.
Ebola RNA Found Hiding in Health-Care Worker’s Lungs
Bob Grant | Jan 5, 2017
A case study reports evidence of viral replication lingering in the respiratory tract of an infected person, even after the person’s blood was Ebola free.
Genetic Tags Illuminate Where Neurons Extend
Ruth Williams | Oct 31, 2016
Barcodes of mRNA travel to the cells' axon terminals, offering a sequencing-based approach to neural mapping.
How to Track Translation in Living Cells
Ruth Williams | Oct 1, 2016
Four independent research groups develop techniques for visualizing peptide production in living cells.
New Test for Zika OKed
Kerry Grens | Mar 22, 2016
The US Food and Drug Administration gave emergency approval for a combination diagnostic that can distinguish between Zika, dengue, and chikungunya infections.
CRISPR Can Tag RNA
Kerry Grens | Mar 21, 2016
Modifications to the DNA-slicing program allow for monitoring the movement of messenger RNA.