Chinese researchers have used somatic cell nuclear transfer to clone two monkeys, called Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua.

LASSO probes

The approach, published earlier this week in Nature Biomedical Engineering, uses long-adapter single-strand oligonucleotide (LASSO) probes.

Happy 20, Dolly

In a series of articles, Scientific American looks at the 20 years since Dolly the Sheep was cloned.

The programmable nuclease can replace restriction enzymes, enables cloning of large genomic sequences, and can deplete unwanted DNA species.

Agilent will offer its SureVector cloning kits through Eurofins and will supply components for cloning services performed by Eurofins.

While one researcher says cloning the mammoth may be decades away, if successful, it may lead to a theme park of species that would no longer be extinct.

The tool will simplify the design of cloning experiments using the Golden Gate Assembly method, the companies said. 

The method could speed up work on synthetic gene circuits and help make gene cloning easier throughout molecular biology.

IP Update


USPTO Publishes Two Patents, Sixteen Patent Applications Related to RNAi

The drug maker Daiichi Sankyo will use Gene Bridges' DNA recombination technology.


Berkeley researchers have engineered yeast to make the molecule behind the hoppy taste of beer, Quartz reports.

King's College London researchers examine the influence of school type and genetics on academic achievement.

FiveThirtyEight writes that most who take a direct-to-consumer BRCA1/2 genetic test won't learn much from it.

In Science this week: early life experience influence somatic variation in the genome, and more.