top 10 innovations 2012, cell & molecular biology, genetics & genomics
Transmissible Cancers Plague Mollusks
Transmissible Cancers Plague Mollusks
Anna Azvolinsky | Jun 22, 2016
Researchers identify three new examples of infectious cancers affecting these invertebrates.
Study: Farming Arose Twice in the Ancient Middle East
Study: Farming Arose Twice in the Ancient Middle East
Bob Grant | Jun 21, 2016
Ancient DNA research suggests that there were two independent agricultural revolutions more than 10,000 years ago.
Creating a DNA Record with CRISPR
Creating a DNA Record with CRISPR
Ruth Williams | Jun 9, 2016
Researchers repurpose a bacterial immune system to be a molecular recording device.
Dog Domestication History Clarified
Dog Domestication History Clarified
Bob Grant | Jun 3, 2016
A study suggests that wolves were transformed into man’s best friend more than once, in Asia and in Europe or the Near East.
“Human Genome Project-Write” Unveiled
“Human Genome Project-Write” Unveiled
Jef Akst | Jun 2, 2016
A proposal to synthesize entire genomes—the subject of a controversial, invitation-only meeting at Harvard last month—is formally presented in Science.
Questions Over <em>C. elegans</em> Life Span Factors
Questions Over C. elegans Life Span Factors
Catherine Offord | Jun 1, 2016
A recent paper challenges earlier findings that germline factors expressed in normal body cells influence life span in C. elegans.
Generating Cardiac Precursor Cells
Generating Cardiac Precursor Cells
Kerry Grens | Jun 1, 2016
Researchers derive cardiac precursors to form cardiac muscle, endothelial, and smooth muscle cells in mice.
Research at Micro- and Nanoscales
Research at Micro- and Nanoscales
Mary Beth Aberlin | Jun 1, 2016
From whole cells to genes, closer examination continues to surprise.
 
Screening  with CRISPR
Screening with CRISPR
Kelly Rae Chi | Jun 1, 2016
Ever-improving CRISPR-based tools are already ripe for large-scale genetic screens.
Do Patents Promote or Stall Innovation?
Do Patents Promote or Stall Innovation?
Catherine Offord | Jun 1, 2016
A petition recently filed with the Supreme Court triggers renewed debate about the role of patents in the diagnostics sector.