One Anti-CRISPR to Rule Them All

Natural inhibitors of Cas9 are one of the most recent discoveries in the CRISPR world. A new paper in Cell looks at how one of the “Anti-CRISPRs” previously discovered inhibits a wide range of Cas9 orthologs. As the CRISPR craze continues, one major lingering concern is Cas9 going rogue. Once we send Cas9 into a…Read more One Anti-CRISPR to Rule Them All

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Gut Bacteria May Determine the Efficacy of Chemotherapeutic Drugs

How is it that two cancer patients with the same type of cancer can have two very different reactions to the same chemotherapy drug? The answer might be in our guts: a new study in Cell describes how gut bacteria play a role in the efficacy of colorectal cancer drugs in worms. Our microbiome consists…Read more Gut Bacteria May Determine the Efficacy of Chemotherapeutic Drugs

Fake It To Stay Alive: golden mimicry saves insects from predators

Many animals display bright colors to warn predators  that eating them might not be such a good idea. For example, venomous animals are often brightly colored. But producing venom costs resources, and if animals can get away with faking things, it would be selected for. Mimicking a venomous brightly colored animal can reap all the benefits without…Read more Fake It To Stay Alive: golden mimicry saves insects from predators