scientific misconduct, genetics & genomics
Reprogrammed Cells Treat Diabetes in Mice
Reprogrammed Cells Treat Diabetes in Mice
Abby Olena | May 2, 2018
Researchers used a trio of transcription factors to transform pancreatic duct cells in vivo into β-like cells that secrete insulin and improve diabetes symptoms.
Biohacker Aaron Traywick Found Dead in DC Float Spa
Biohacker Aaron Traywick Found Dead in DC Float Spa
Ashley Yeager | May 1, 2018
The CEO of a biomedical startup had made headlines this year when he injected himself with an untested herpes vaccine in front of an audience.
Pinpointing the Origin of Marbled Crayfish Clones
Pinpointing the Origin of Marbled Crayfish Clones
Diana Kwon | May 1, 2018
Research suggests that the invasive, all-female Procambarus virginalis originated in a German aquarium back in the 1990s.
Rare Disease Geneticist: A Profile of Uta Francke
Rare Disease Geneticist: A Profile of Uta Francke
Anna Azvolinsky | May 1, 2018
The Stanford University human geneticist identified the genes and genomic abnormalities underlying numerous rare diseases, including Rett  syndrome, and advanced the field of molecular diagnostics. 
Valerie Arboleda Uses Big Data to Unravel the Biology of a Rare Disease
Valerie Arboleda Uses Big Data to Unravel the Biology of a Rare Disease
Shawna Williams | May 1, 2018
The UCLA geneticist examines how defects in a histone protein lead to symptoms throughout the body.
Among the Amish, c. 1960s
Among the Amish, c. 1960s
Diana Kwon | May 1, 2018
Victor McKusick’s pioneering investigations provided insight into hereditary disorders.
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.
Families of Children with Rare Diseases Fuel Gene Therapy Research
Families of Children with Rare Diseases Fuel Gene Therapy Research
The Scientist Staff | May 1, 2018
Crowdfunding can power investigations into diseases that would otherwise receive little attention.
A Devastating Diagnosis, a Viral Video, and a Clinical Trial
A Devastating Diagnosis, a Viral Video, and a Clinical Trial
Diana Kwon | May 1, 2018
When the O’Neills learned that their daughter had Sanfilippo syndrome, a devastating rare disease, they created a GoFundMe campaign that raised $2 million in less than a year.
Slow March Toward a Canavan Cure
Slow March Toward a Canavan Cure
Ashley Yeager | May 1, 2018
Two decades after a successful crowdfunding campaign, some clinical trial patients have seen improvements—but there’s still no approved treatment for the disease.