New programmable gene editing proteins found outside of CRISPR systems

Researchers find RNA-guided enzymes are more diverse and widespread than previously believed.

Jennifer Michalowski | McGovern Institute for Brain Research • mit
Sept. 15, 2021 ~6 min

18 months of the COVID-19 pandemic – a retrospective in 7 charts

A lot has happened since the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. A portrait in data highlights trends in everything from case counts, to research publications, to variant spread.

Katelyn Jetelina, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston • conversation
Sept. 9, 2021 ~10 min

Four Cambridge researchers recognised in the 2022 Breakthrough Prizes

Four University of Cambridge researchers – Professors Shankar Balasubramanian, David Klenerman, Suchitra Sebastian and Jack Thorne – have been recognised by

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Sept. 9, 2021 ~8 min

Hospital-acquired COVID-19 tends to be picked up from other patients, not from healthcare workers

The majority of patients who contracted COVID-19 while in hospital did so from other patients rather than from healthcare workers, concludes a new study from

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Aug. 24, 2021 ~4 min

Scientists harness human protein to deliver molecular medicines to cells

Made of components found in the human body, the programmable system is a step toward safer, targeted delivery of gene editing and other molecular therapeutics.

Broad Institute • mit
Aug. 19, 2021 ~8 min

SARS-CoV-2 mutations: why the virus might still have some tricks to pull

SARS-Cov-2 has experienced roughly the same amount of evolutionary change during the pandemic as humans have since Homo habilis first walked the Earth about 2.5m years ago.

Ed Feil, Professor of Microbial Evolution at The Milner Centre for Evolution, University of Bath • conversation
Aug. 11, 2021 ~8 min

Cat genome’s ‘dark matter’ may hold clues to our health

"Dark matter" in the cat genome may hold clues to improving both their health and ours.

Brian Consiglio-Missouri • futurity
Aug. 5, 2021 ~6 min

From CRISPR to glowing proteins to optogenetics – scientists' most powerful technologies have been borrowed from nature

Three pioneering technologies have forever altered how researchers do their work and promise to revolutionize medicine, from correcting genetic disorders to treating degenerative brain diseases.

Marc Zimmer, Professor of Chemistry, Connecticut College • conversation
Aug. 5, 2021 ~9 min

Tail snips offer clues to saving tiny lizards in Sri Lanka

New research suggests how to conserve rough-nosed horned lizards, which live only in Sri Lankan rainforests.

Andrea Godinez-U. Washington • futurity
Aug. 3, 2021 ~6 min

Team finds ‘footprint’ of coronavirus outbreak from 20K years ago

The discovery of a coronavirus outbreak from 20,000 years ago is "like finding fossilized dinosaur footprints instead of finding fossilized bones directly."

Daniel Stolte-Arizona • futurity
July 16, 2021 ~7 min