stem cells, culture, genetics & genomics
Extra DNA Base Discovered
Extra DNA Base Discovered
Jef Akst | Jun 23, 2015
An epigenetic variant of cytosine is stable in the genomes of living mice, suggesting a possible expansion of the DNA alphabet.
Neanderthal-Human Hybrid Unearthed
Neanderthal-Human Hybrid Unearthed
Bob Grant | Jun 22, 2015
DNA from the 40,000-year-old bones of a modern human found in Europe contains Neanderthal genes.
Kennewick Man Was Native American
Kennewick Man Was Native American
Jef Akst | Jun 18, 2015
Genomic analysis suggests that the skeleton’s closest living relatives are Native American after all.
Optogenetics Meets CRISPR
Optogenetics Meets CRISPR
Jef Akst | Jun 15, 2015
Researchers in Japan have developed a photoactivatable Cas9 nuclease to control CRISPR-based gene editing with the flip of a switch.
TS Live: Genetic Time Machine
TS Live: Genetic Time Machine
Bob Grant | Jun 12, 2015
Piecing together scraps of DNA from a 400,000-year-old hominin femur
Synthetic Biology Entrepreneur Dies
Synthetic Biology Entrepreneur Dies
Kerry Grens | Jun 11, 2015
Austen Heinz, who founded Cambrian Genomics to custom print DNA and had grand ideas about designing organisms, has passed away at age 31.
MERS Sequence Analysis
MERS Sequence Analysis
Tracy Vence | Jun 11, 2015
The strain of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus currently circulating in South Korea is highly similar to the one in the pathogen’s namesake region.
Disease-Causing Mutations in Healthy People
Disease-Causing Mutations in Healthy People
Amanda B. Keener | Jun 8, 2015
A large-scale genome sequencing effort identifies mutations with disease-causing potential at higher rates than expected.
Mosaic Mutations May Not Be Rare
Mosaic Mutations May Not Be Rare
Anna Azvolinsky | Jun 5, 2015
Somatic mosaicism may be responsible for a larger proportion of genomic variability within humans than previously thought.
The Roots of Schizophrenia
The Roots of Schizophrenia
Jef Akst | Jun 4, 2015
Researchers link disease-associated mutations to excitatory and inhibitory signaling in the brain.