viruses, genetics & genomics, cell & molecular biology
Rare Disease Geneticist: A Profile of Uta Francke
Rare Disease Geneticist: A Profile of Uta Francke
Anna Azvolinsky | May 1, 2018
The Stanford University human geneticist identified the genes and genomic abnormalities underlying numerous rare diseases, including Rett  syndrome, and advanced the field of molecular diagnostics. 
Pinpointing the Origin of Marbled Crayfish Clones
Pinpointing the Origin of Marbled Crayfish Clones
Diana Kwon | May 1, 2018
Research suggests that the invasive, all-female Procambarus virginalis originated in a German aquarium back in the 1990s.
Slow March Toward a Canavan Cure
Slow March Toward a Canavan Cure
Ashley Yeager | May 1, 2018
Two decades after a successful crowdfunding campaign, some clinical trial patients have seen improvements—but there’s still no approved treatment for the disease.
A Devastating Diagnosis, a Viral Video, and a Clinical Trial
A Devastating Diagnosis, a Viral Video, and a Clinical Trial
Diana Kwon | May 1, 2018
When the O’Neills learned that their daughter had Sanfilippo syndrome, a devastating rare disease, they created a GoFundMe campaign that raised $2 million in less than a year.
Families of Children with Rare Diseases Fuel Gene Therapy Research
Families of Children with Rare Diseases Fuel Gene Therapy Research
The Scientist Staff | May 1, 2018
Crowdfunding can power investigations into diseases that would otherwise receive little attention.
Exome Sequencing Helps Crack Rare Disease Diagnosis
Exome Sequencing Helps Crack Rare Disease Diagnosis
Amanda B. Keener | May 1, 2018
Clinical analyses of patients’ gene sequences are helping to provide answers where none were available before.
Infographic: Piecing the Cholesterol Puzzle
Infographic: Piecing the Cholesterol Puzzle
Diana Kwon | May 1, 2018
How a rare disease led to an understanding of the basics of cholesterol regulation.
Trailblazing Endocrinologist Neena Schwartz Dies
Trailblazing Endocrinologist Neena Schwartz Dies
Kerry Grens | Apr 27, 2018
The reproductive biologist uncovered hormones important for fertility cycles.
Genealogy Website Helped Crack Golden State Killer Case
Genealogy Website Helped Crack Golden State Killer Case
Ashley Yeager | Apr 27, 2018
DNA from a relative of the suspect submitted to the site GEDmatch gave investigators just enough information to identify him, but the process raises privacy concerns.
Worms’ Magnetic Sense Questioned
Worms’ Magnetic Sense Questioned
Abby Olena | Apr 25, 2018
Unsuccessful attempts to reproduce the results of a 2015 study reporting that C. elegans orient themselves by Earth’s magnetic field spark debate among researchers.