A novel technology for genome-editing a broad range of mutations in live organisms: Scientists develop a new gene-editing tool that could help treat many disorders caused by gene mutations

The ability to edit genes in living organisms offers the opportunity to treat a plethora of inherited diseases. However, many types of gene-editing tools are unable to target critical areas of DNA, and creating such

Pluripotency: ‘Butterfly effect’ discovered: Single change at telomeres controls the ability of cells to generate a complete organism

Pluripotent cells can give rise to all cells of the body, a power that researchers are eager to control because it opens the door to regenerative medicine and organ culture for transplants. But pluripotency is

Genetic screen identifies genes that protect cells from Zika virus: Genes found to safeguard against infection as well as resuscitate infected cells

The Zika virus has affected over 60 million people, mostly in South America. It has potentially devastating consequences for pregnant women and their unborn children, many of whom are born with severe microcephaly and other

Decentralizing science may lead to more reliable results in biomedical research: Analysis of data on tens of thousands of drug-gene interactions

Research results on drug-gene interactions are much less likely to be replicated if they are performed by hierarchical communities or close-knit groups of frequent collaborators who use similar methods, instead of independent groups of scientists

Applying the Goldilocks principle to DNA structure: Scientists consider the form that may be ‘just right’ for scripting gene expression

The Goldilocks of fairy-tale fame knew something about porridge. It needed to be just right — neither too hot nor too cold. Same with furniture — neither too hard nor too soft. In a different

The bacteria building your baby: Exposure to influential bacteria begins before we are born, new evidence confirms

Australian researchers have laid to rest a longstanding controversy: is the womb sterile? They carefully collected amniotic fluid samples from 50 healthy women undergoing planned caesarean deliveries, and found that nearly all (36/43 viable samples)