settlers, genetics & genomics, neuroscience
Cephalopod Genomes Contain Thousands of Conserved RNA Editing Sites
Cephalopod Genomes Contain Thousands of Conserved RNA Editing Sites
Abby Olena | Apr 6, 2017
Octopus, cuttlefish, and squid extensively edit messenger RNAs in an evolutionarily conserved process. 
Cross-Sample Sequencing Contamination Galore
Cross-Sample Sequencing Contamination Galore
Ruth Williams | Apr 5, 2017
Scientists conducting a large-scale, comparative transcriptomics project have inadvertently highlighted widespread contamination in sequencing data.
Mutations Linked to Secondary Cancers
Mutations Linked to Secondary Cancers
Jef Akst | Apr 4, 2017
Childhood cancer survivors with mutations in certain cancer-risk genes have a higher risk of developing additional neoplasms later in life, according to research presented at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting.
Evaluating Epigenome-Targeting Cancer Therapies
Evaluating Epigenome-Targeting Cancer Therapies
Jef Akst | Apr 3, 2017
At the annual American Association for Cancer Research meeting, researchers discuss the importance of understanding the epigenetic contributors to cancer progression and treatment response.
CRISPR Screen Detects Functional Gene Regulation
CRISPR Screen Detects Functional Gene Regulation
Abby Olena | Apr 3, 2017
A CRISPR-Cas9–based method probes the regulatory roles of noncoding DNA sequences.
Angela Brooks: Splicing Specialist
Angela Brooks: Splicing Specialist
Diana Kwon | Apr 1, 2017
At the University of California, Santa Cruz, the researcher combs the cancer genome, looking for weaknesses.
Record-Setting Corn Grows 45 Feet Tall
Record-Setting Corn Grows 45 Feet Tall
Jef Akst | Apr 1, 2017
A plant breeder succeeds in growing a huge maize plant thanks to a known mutation and a few environmental tricks.
Cancer Genomes
Cancer Genomes
The Scientist Staff | Mar 31, 2017
April Scientist to Watch Angela Brooks of the University of California, Santa Cruz, discusses her search to find vulnerabilities buried within the genomes of cancer cells.
Paralyzed Man Moves Arm with Neuroprosthetic
Paralyzed Man Moves Arm with Neuroprosthetic
Jef Akst | Mar 30, 2017
Two chips implanted in a quadriplegic patient’s motor cortex and 36 electrodes in his right arm allow the man to control the movement of his right arm and hand.
<em>Aedes aegypti</em> Genome Assembled From Scratch
Aedes aegypti Genome Assembled From Scratch
Diana Kwon | Mar 26, 2017
Scientists use a new technique to piece together the mosquito’s full genome.