Thank you for the Bundle
Happy Thanksgiving! Anyone out there eating a CRISPR turkey? On this day of family and reflection, I’m thankful for having the cool job of putting together bundles for you guys! Here are today’s stories to help you through those after-dinner food comas:
A Chinese researcher announced that he had developed a new method of gene editing earlier this year, called NgAgo. He claimed that this method was even better than our current industry darling, CRISPR. But not everyone agrees that his method works…
A 32-year-old man, admitted to the Mayo Clinic with a rare form of cancer, ended up sparking an investigation into chromosome complexity and drug activity that ultimately identified a potential cause, and a treatment, for him and many other patients.
Identifying genetic changes associated with mental conditions is difficult, because if there are any, they are usually really rare. This new study analysed 41,000 genomes from both healthy people and people with schizophrenia and identified several genome regions where mutations can increase the risk of the disease significantly.
Reporter John Cohen decided to find out just how easy it is to edit genes with CRISPR, and it turns out it’s a little more complex than expected. One word: pipetting.
As I’m guessing a lot of you will be enjoying some festive meals today and throughout the weekend. Have you ever wondered why you get sleepy after finishing a nice meal? Scientists have started to unpick the science behind the ‘food coma’ phenomenon…
Happy holidays everyone!