translocation, genetics & genomics
How Geneticists’ Views Compare to the Public’s on Genome Editing
Bob Grant | Oct 22, 2017
Professionals in the genetics field generally support editing the genomes of somatic cells, mirroring public opinion, but diverge from nonexperts when it comes to germline editing.
Insects Are Increasingly Evolving Resistance to Genetically Modified Crops
Ashley P. Taylor | Oct 13, 2017
Plantings of non-GM refuges counter the development of resistance.
GM Mosquitoes Closer to Release in U.S.
Abby Olena | Oct 13, 2017
The EPA is now in charge of regulating the use of Oxitec’s strain of Aedes aegypti, genetically engineered to reduce populations of the insects.
Study Illuminates Genetics of Skin Color
Ashley P. Taylor | Oct 12, 2017
Researchers identified genes related to melanin levels in African populations.
Massive Transcription Catalog Outlines the Influence of Human Genetic Variation
Ruth Williams | Oct 11, 2017
Combined transcription and genome data from multiple tissues in hundreds of human donors reveal links between genotype and gene expression across the body.
Study Raises Questions About Patient-Derived Xenografts
Ashley P. Taylor | Oct 10, 2017
When transplanted into mice, tumor genomes evolve differently than they do in patients, study finds.
Opinion: Genome Editing of Human Embryos Broadens Ethics Discussions
Françoise Baylis | Oct 10, 2017
Scientists are using a powerful gene editing technique to understand how human embryos develop.
Gene Drive Limitations
Jef Akst | Oct 9, 2017
In lab populations of genetically engineered mosquitoes, mutations arose that blocked the gene drive’s spread and restored female fertility.
Effects of Neanderthal DNA on Modern Humans
Ruth Williams | Oct 5, 2017
A new study reveals how Neanderthal DNA in the genomes of present-day British people influences their traits.
Q&A with Michael Young, Nobel Laureate
Ashley P. Taylor | Oct 2, 2017
Young talks with The Scientist about studying circadian rhythms in fruit flies, the applications of his work beyond Drosophila, and winning the prize. 
Q&A with Nobel Laureate Michael Rosbash
Ashley Yeager | Oct 2, 2017
A basic curiosity about how life works led the Brandeis University molecular biologist to discover how our bodies keep time. 
Nonviral CRISPR Delivery a Success
Abby Olena | Oct 2, 2017
Researchers use gold nanoparticles to deliver CRISPR-Cas9 and correct a point mutation in a mouse model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. 
Meet the Transgenic Silkworms That Are Spinning Out Spider Silk
Catherine Offord | Oct 1, 2017
Researchers explore genetic engineering to produce super-tough fibers.
Damage Patroller
Anna Azvolinsky | Oct 1, 2017
Stephen Elledge has built a career studying how eukaryotic cells maintain genomic integrity.
Spider Silk
The Scientist Staff | Sep 30, 2017
Kraig Biocraft Laboratories has genetically engineered a silkworm to spin spider silk, which might be used for futuristic products.
Watch This Biofilm
The Scientist Staff | Sep 30, 2017
Researchers encoded moving images in DNA within living cells.
Book Excerpt from Rise of the Necrofauna
Britt Wray | Sep 30, 2017
In chapter 4, “Why Recreate the Woolly Mammoth?” author Britt Wray explores the social consequences of bringing an iconic species back from extinction.
Technique Adapted from CRISPR-Cas9 Corrects Mutation in Human Embryos
Catherine Offord | Sep 28, 2017
Researchers use base-editing to swap out an erroneous nucleotide responsible for a potentially life-threatening blood disorder.
A Single Mutation in Zika Led to Devastating Effects
Anna Azvolinsky | Sep 28, 2017
One amino acid change within a viral structural protein makes the difference between mild cases of brain damage and severe microcephaly in mice.
Most Accurate CRISPR Gene Editing Yet
Kerry Grens | Sep 22, 2017
A tweaked Cas9 nuclease reduces off-target effects to levels below that of previous versions of the enzyme.