stem cell trials, yeast, genetics
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.
Genealogy Website Helped Crack Golden State Killer Case
Genealogy Website Helped Crack Golden State Killer Case
Ashley Yeager | Apr 27, 2018
DNA from a relative of the suspect submitted to the site GEDmatch gave investigators just enough information to identify him, but the process raises privacy concerns.
Plant Engineered to Produce Higher Levels of Antimalarial Compound
Plant Engineered to Produce Higher Levels of Antimalarial Compound
Catherine Offord | Apr 25, 2018
Researchers used the genome sequence of Artemisia annua to boost the plant’s production of artemisinin.
Estonia Offers Free Genetic Testing to Residents
Estonia Offers Free Genetic Testing to Residents
Diana Kwon | Apr 13, 2018
The nationwide experiment will initially include around 100,000 volunteers.
Image of the Day: Gene Expression
Image of the Day: Gene Expression
The Scientist Staff | Apr 9, 2018
A new algorithm scrutinizes the most hard-to-read segments of the genome.
Chinese Scientist Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Rice-Smuggling Plot
Chinese Scientist Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Rice-Smuggling Plot
Ashley Yeager | Apr 5, 2018
The researcher stole genetically modified seeds and planned to give them to a crop research institute in China, the US Justice Department says.
Bioengineers Use Yeast to Manufacture Drugs
Bioengineers Use Yeast to Manufacture Drugs
Jim Daley | Apr 3, 2018
The yeast’s output of noscapine, a cough suppressant naturally made by poppies, is 18,000-fold higher than previous attempts.
Image of the Day: Original Fin
Image of the Day: Original Fin
The Scientist Staff | Apr 2, 2018
Researchers identify the genetics underlying the development of dorsal fins in ancient fish.
Study Finds Inaccuracies in 40 Percent of DTC Genetic Testing Results
Study Finds Inaccuracies in 40 Percent of DTC Genetic Testing Results
Shawna Williams | Mar 28, 2018
An analysis of 49 patient samples finds high proportions of false positives and misinterpretation.
Scientists Reverse Their Controversial Findings of CRISPR's Off-Target Effects
Scientists Reverse Their Controversial Findings of CRISPR's Off-Target Effects
Diana Kwon | Mar 28, 2018
Last year, researchers claimed the gene-editing method had accuracy issues, but a new whole-genome sequencing analysis by the same team finds otherwise.