The Next New Thing

Since it burst onto the scientific scene in 2012, CRISPR/Cas9 has been "hailed as dramatically easier, cheaper, and more versatile than previous technologies" for altering genomes, says Nature News.

But it's not perfect, and researchers are already looking for alternatives.

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Researchers have sequenced the northern white rhinoceros to gauge whether it could be brought back from the edge of extinction, the New York Times reports.

Bavaria expands its forensic genetic analyses to include DNA phenotyping, raising discrimination concerns.

Tufts University researchers found a role for miRNA in transmitting stress between generations, the Economist reports.

In Science this week: gut microbiome influences liver cancer growth, spread; and more.