STEM, immunology, genetics & genomics
Zika Update
Zika Update
Bob Grant | Sep 7, 2016
Virus’s genome to aid in diagnoses; bees caught in crossfire of mosquito sprays; Zika spreads in Asia; US Congress revisits Zika funding
Using CRISPR to Edit Genes in Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells
Using CRISPR to Edit Genes in Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells
Kelly Rae Chi | Sep 1, 2016
Tips on how to surmount the challenges of working with CRISPR to manipulate genes in human stems cells to study their function in specific diseases or to correct genetic defects in patient cells.
What Sensory Receptors Do Outside of Sense Organs
What Sensory Receptors Do Outside of Sense Organs
Sandeep Ravindran | Sep 1, 2016
Odor, taste, and light receptors are present in many different parts of the body, and they have surprisingly diverse functions.
One Receptor, Two Ligands, Different Responses
One Receptor, Two Ligands, Different Responses
Ruth Williams | Aug 30, 2016
Host and bacterial ligands that interact with the same cell-surface receptor induce different activities in human macrophages. 
Opinion: GMOs Are Not “Frankenfoods”
Opinion: GMOs Are Not “Frankenfoods”
Dov Greenbaum, Mark Gerstein | Aug 30, 2016
It behooves the scientific community to reflect on the public’s “Franken-” characterization of genetically modified foods.
Tasmanian Devils Developing Resistance to Transmissible Cancer
Tasmanian Devils Developing Resistance to Transmissible Cancer
Abby Olena | Aug 30, 2016
The marsupials’ genomes show evidence of a rapid evolutionary response to selection imposed by devil facial tumor disease.
Newly Discovered Virus Has Multi-Part Genome
Newly Discovered Virus Has Multi-Part Genome
Bob Grant | Aug 26, 2016
A “multicomponent” virus isolated from mosquitoes infects in stages and reassembles once the pieces are inside the host.
One Antigen Receptor Induces Two T cell Types
One Antigen Receptor Induces Two T cell Types
Ruth Williams | Aug 26, 2016
Precursor T cells bearing the same antigen receptor adopt two different fates in mice.
Streamlining the <em>E. coli</em> Genetic Code
Streamlining the E. coli Genetic Code
Karen Zusi | Aug 18, 2016
Scientists design a bacterial genome with only 57 codons.
Exploring Alternative Codon Usage in Yeast
Exploring Alternative Codon Usage in Yeast
Kim Smuga-Otto | Aug 18, 2016
Newly discovered amino acid reassignment could have implications for certain biotech applications and RNA-based evolutionary theories.