NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Scientists from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have discovered how a genome editing technology finds its way to a specific location in the genome, according to a new study published in Nature Communications. Understanding how the enzymes work could lead to protein engineering to improve specificity and reduce off-target activity, the scientists said.

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New results from the NASA Twins Study indicate that the immune system may rev up when in space, the Washington Post reports.

Kelvin Droegemeier, the new science advisor, spoke at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting, Geekwire reports.

In PNAS this week: whole-genome assembly for the white shark, paper-based microfluidic method for detecting the malaria parasite, and more.

The World Health Organization has announced the members of its gene-editing committee, according to NPR.

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