top 10 innovations 2012, genetics & genomics, immunology
Report: Still Lots to Learn About GE Crops
Report: Still Lots to Learn About GE Crops
Tracy Vence | May 17, 2016
A National Academies–led analysis evaluates the impacts of genetically engineered crops—and calls for updated regulations.
Stem Cell Rules Tackle Human Embryo Editing
Stem Cell Rules Tackle Human Embryo Editing
Bob Grant | May 17, 2016
A set of international stem cell guidelines recommends that oversight committees at research institutions oversee all research on embryos.
Secret Genome Meeting
Secret Genome Meeting
Jef Akst | May 16, 2016
A closed-door gathering at Harvard last week hosted researchers talking about synthesizing entire genomes, including that of humans. 
Genetic Connections Among Human Traits
Genetic Connections Among Human Traits
Anna Azvolinsky | May 16, 2016
A study identifies genetic variants that are linked to multiple phenotypes.
Review: <em>The End of Sex</em>
Review: The End of Sex
Tanya Lewis | May 13, 2016
Legal expert Henry Greely envisions a world in which advances in biotechnology obviate the need for sexual reproduction as we know it.
Genetics of Educational Attainment?
Genetics of Educational Attainment?
Jef Akst | May 12, 2016
In a study of nearly 300,000 people, researchers identify 74 gene variants that are linked with how long subjects stayed in school.
Mysterious Eukaryote Missing Mitochondria
Mysterious Eukaryote Missing Mitochondria
Anna Azvolinsky | May 12, 2016
Researchers uncover the first example of a eukaryotic organism that lacks the organelles.
Tasmanian Devil Antibodies Fight Cancer
Tasmanian Devil Antibodies Fight Cancer
Jef Akst | May 9, 2016
The proteins could be the key to stopping the transmissible facial tumor disease that is threatening the species.
Breast Milk Primes Gut for Microbes
Breast Milk Primes Gut for Microbes
Ruth Williams | May 5, 2016
Maternal antibodies engender a receptive gut environment for beneficial bacteria in newborn mice.
Fuchs on the Future
Fuchs on the Future
The Scientist Staff | May 1, 2016
Rockefeller University researcher Elaine Fuchs on being a woman in science and her contributions to the burgeoning field of reverse genetics