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These Plants Have Been Genetically Modifying Themselves for Decades
lateral gene transfer
Genetics
These Plants Have Been Genetically Modifying Themselves for Decades
New evidence shows that plants have been genetically modifying themselves for decades in a process called lateral gene transfer.
May 6, 2021

New evidence shows that plants have been genetically modifying themselves for decades in a process called lateral gene transfer.

Genetics
This Spit Test Will Help Couples Know Their Baby's Risk Of Genetic Disease
polygenetic risk score
Genetics
This Spit Test Will Help Couples Know Their Baby's Risk Of Genetic Disease
A new genetic test offers prospective parents a "polygenetic risk score," or an estimate of their potential offspring's predisposition to certain conditions.
May 5, 2021

A new genetic test offers prospective parents a "polygenetic risk score," or an estimate of their potential offspring's predisposition to certain conditions.

Genetics
A Single Gene Turns On Humans' Rapid Brain Growth
brain organoids
Genetics
A Single Gene Turns On Humans' Rapid Brain Growth
Researchers have looked at gene expression in human brain organoids compared to other apes to discover the genetic mechanism crucial to triggering the human brain's rapid growth.
April 11, 2021

Researchers have looked at gene expression in human brain organoids compared to other apes to discover the genetic mechanism crucial to triggering the human brain's rapid growth.

Medical Innovation
Penn Scientists Correct Genetic Blindness With a Single Injection into the Eye
antisense oligonucleotide therapy
Medical Innovation
Penn Scientists Correct Genetic Blindness With a Single Injection into the Eye
Antisense oligonucleotide therapy uses small molecules to alter RNA. Researchers have now used those molecules to alleviate a genetic form of blindness.
April 11, 2021

Antisense oligonucleotide therapy uses small molecules to alter RNA. Researchers have now used those molecules to alleviate a genetic form of blindness.

Genetics
A Major Huntington's Trial Has Failed. Here's Why There Is Still Hope.
huntingtons disease treatment
Genetics
A Major Huntington's Trial Has Failed. Here's Why There Is Still Hope.
A simple genetic test can determine a person's fate for one of the worst diseases on the planet. But research offers new hope for Huntington's disease.
April 10, 2021

A simple genetic test can determine a person's fate for one of the worst diseases on the planet. But research offers new hope for Huntington's disease.

Genetics
Argentina’s Songbirds Explain a Mysterious Type of Speciation
sympatric speciation
Genetics
Argentina’s Songbirds Explain a Mysterious Type of Speciation
With the help of a group of songbirds, researchers have uncovered the mystery of an evolutionary process called “sympatric speciation.”
April 9, 2021

With the help of a group of songbirds, researchers have uncovered the mystery of an evolutionary process called “sympatric speciation.”

Genetics
This Insect Swiped a Gene From Plants To Help Itself Survive
gene transfer
Genetics
This Insect Swiped a Gene From Plants To Help Itself Survive
A plant gene has been discovered in whiteflies, marking the first known example of horizontal gene transfer of a functional gene between plants and insects.
March 30, 2021

A plant gene has been discovered in whiteflies, marking the first known example of horizontal gene transfer of a functional gene between plants and insects.

Neuroscience
“Zombie” Cells Grow in the Brain After Death
zombie cells
Neuroscience
“Zombie” Cells Grow in the Brain After Death
After death, gene expression increases in the brain’s glial cells — and those “zombie” cells could affect how we study neurological disorders.
March 28, 2021

After death, gene expression increases in the brain’s glial cells — and those “zombie” cells could affect how we study neurological disorders.

Genetics
A Virus Invisibility Cloak Makes AAV Gene Therapy Safer
aav gene therapy
Genetics
A Virus Invisibility Cloak Makes AAV Gene Therapy Safer
Researchers have figured out a way to cloak the AVV so it can sneak past the human immune system and deliver its gene therapy payload undetected.
February 20, 2021

Researchers have figured out a way to cloak the AVV so it can sneak past the human immune system and deliver its gene therapy payload undetected.