The War Within

As retrotransposons arise and start jumping around a host genome, the host develops ways to fend them off, sparking a sort of "evolutionary arms race," as researchers led by University of California, Santa Cruz's David Haussler put it.

Haussler and his colleagues report in Nature that they've uncovered two KRAB zinc-finger protein-encoding genes that have evolved in the human genome to deal with the retrotransposon menace.

Get the full story

This story is free
for registered users

Registering provides access to this and other free content.

Register now.

Already have an account?
Login Now.

Researchers find that a personalized medicine approach could help people who experience pain while taking statins, New Scientist reports.

US National Science Foundation is continuing its responsible research conduct training policy despite its flaws, ScienceInsider reports.

A CRISPR-themed meeting explored how the tool could and should be used, Wired reports.

In Science this week: database of proteins' effects on cancer, targeted error correction sequencing, and more.