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Gene-Editing CRISPR Pioneers Get a Well-Deserved Nobel Prize

Gene-Editing CRISPR Pioneers Get a Well-Deserved Nobel Prize

On Wednesday, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry to scientists Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna for their pivotal roles in discovering CRISPR/Cas9, an ancient bacterial defence system that’s been adapted into a cheap and revolutionary gene-editing technology. This is the first Nobel in Chemistry to…

Monumental DNA Study Reveals Secrets of North American Mastodons

Monumental DNA Study Reveals Secrets of North American Mastodons

A new paper published today offers surprising insight into the American mastodon and its reactions to a changing environment. This stocky megafauna — whose tusks, trunk and four legs echo today’s elephant — is thought to have lived predominantly within forests and marshy environments throughout ancient North America before its…