venom, genetics & genomics
Scientists Can’t Replicate Gene-Editing Method
Scientists Can’t Replicate Gene-Editing Method
Kerry Grens | Nov 21, 2016
Even with the original authors’ vector, the NgAgo technique doesn’t work in others’ hands.
Virus Provides Clues About Geography
Virus Provides Clues About Geography
Amanda B. Keener | Nov 18, 2016
Researchers use genotypes of a virus commonly found in semen to trace men’s geographic origins.
Mutation vs. Mutation
Mutation vs. Mutation
Kerry Grens | Nov 3, 2016
Yeast study finds many instances—often among related genes—in which a mutation in one gene cancels the negative effects of a mutation in another.
Smoking-Linked Cancer Mutations Mapped
Smoking-Linked Cancer Mutations Mapped
Anna Azvolinsky | Nov 3, 2016
Scientists produce a detailed genomic map of mutations and epigenetic changes associated with smoking tobacco across 17 tumor types. 
How These Rodents Got Their Stripes
How These Rodents Got Their Stripes
Ashley P. Taylor | Nov 2, 2016
The African striped mouse and the chipmunk develop dorsal stripes through a newly identified mechanism of coat color variation.
Genotyping “Surrogates” Misdiagnoses Deadly Heart Condition
Genotyping “Surrogates” Misdiagnoses Deadly Heart Condition
Kerry Grens | Nov 2, 2016
Family members with a certain gene variant had unnecessary interventions, highlighting the potential hazards of precision medicine.
Regularly Whiffing Essential Oils Can Retrain Lost Sense of Smell
Regularly Whiffing Essential Oils Can Retrain Lost Sense of Smell
Kerry Grens | Nov 1, 2016
The simple therapy likely exploits the neural plasticity of the olfactory system.
Social Media Accelerates Science
Social Media Accelerates Science
Ben Andrew Henry | Nov 1, 2016
How researchers are taking advantage of Twitter and other forums to do, share, and discuss research
The Human Virome
The Human Virome
Eric Delwart | Oct 31, 2016
Diverse viruses can be found commingling with human and bacteria cells in and on people’s bodies. Scientists are just beginning to understand how these viruses help and when they can turn pathogenic.
Protein Folding Pioneer Dies
Protein Folding Pioneer Dies
Kerry Grens | Oct 28, 2016
Susan Lindquist of MIT and the Whitehead Institute broke scientific ground on prions and heat shock proteins.