CRISPR Excitement

Researchers and drug companies are enthusiastic about the use of genome editing tools like CRISPR-Cas9 to replace disease-causing genetic variants with healthy DNA stretches, the Wall Street Journal reports.

It cautions that therapies based on such approaches won't be available for years, if at all, but adds that they offer "tremendous potential for new treatments."

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Even when given the option, not too many authors choose double-blinded peer-review for their manuscripts, ScienceInsider reports.

In PNAS this week: transcriptional read-through in stressed cells, genome stability role for the epigenetic regulator CTCF, and more.

The Save the Redwoods League is teaming with researchers to sequence the genomes of the coast redwood and giant sequoia.

Two researchers have found that behavioral genetic defenses in criminal cases don't tend to affect outcomes, according to Popular Science.