whole genome sequencing, genetics & genomics
Meet the Transgenic Silkworms That Are Spinning Out Spider Silk
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
Damage Patroller
Anna Azvolinsky | Oct 1, 2017
Stephen Elledge has built a career studying how eukaryotic cells maintain genomic integrity.
Spider Silk
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
Watch This Biofilm
The Scientist Staff | Sep 30, 2017
Researchers encoded moving images in DNA within living cells.
Book Excerpt from <em>Rise of the Necrofauna</em>
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
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
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
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.
CRISPR Used in Human Embryos to Probe Gene Function
CRISPR Used in Human Embryos to Probe Gene Function
Ashley P. Taylor | Sep 20, 2017
OCT4 is necessary for blastocyst formation in the human embryo, researchers report.
Icelanders’ Genomes Hint at Origins of Genetic Diversity
Icelanders’ Genomes Hint at Origins of Genetic Diversity
Ashley Yeager | Sep 20, 2017
An analysis of 14,000 genomes reveals regions where new mutations are more likely to develop.