This Week in Science

In this week's Science, a multi-institute research team reports on the discovery that certain classes of the bacterial protein Cas, which is used in the gene-editing system CRISPR, are fused to a reverse transcriptase gene. As a result, these Cas proteins can capture and incorporate RNA, suggesting that certain CRISPR systems can not only obtain information from the genomes of DNA-based viruses but also from the gene expression program they contain.

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India's Council of Scientific and Industrial Research has a new director-general, according to ScienceInsider.

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