How CRISPR technology is advancing

Fewer off-target edits and greater targeting scope bring gene editing technology closer to treating human diseases.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy • harvard
Feb. 14, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  science-technology  dna  chemistry  crispr  genome  chemistry-and-chemical-biology  rna  gene-editing  broad-institute  caitlin-mcdermott-murphy  cas9  base-editing  base-editors  biotechnology-nature  david-liu  genetic-disease  genetic-engineering  sickle-cell-anemia

Gene flow between butterfly species offers clue to biodiversity

An analysis of 20 butterfly genomes found evidence that many butterfly species — including distantly related species — show a surprisingly high amount of gene flow between them, Harvard researchers found.

Peter Reuell • harvard
Oct. 31, 2019 ~6 min

Tags:  science-technology  genome  butterfly  genes  faculty-of-arts-and-sciences  fas  harvard  peter-reuell  reuell  edelman  gene-flow  genomes  heliconius  hybrid  hybridization  introgression  james-mallet  mallet  michael-miyagi  miyagi  nate-edelman

Benefits of being an early riser vs. a night owl

A new study finds that being genetically programmed to rise early may lead to greater well-being and a lower risk of schizophrenia and depression.

Louise Vennells • harvard
Jan. 29, 2019 ~5 min

Tags:  mental-health  genome  depression  health-medicine  massachusetts-general-hospital  23andme  body-clock  circadian-rhythm-disorders  early-risers  mental-disease  nature-communications  night-owls  retina  university-of-exeter

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