First programmable RNA-guided system found in eukaryotes

First programmable RNA-guided system found in eukaryotes

A team of researchers led by Feng Zhang at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT discovered the first programmable RNA-guided system in eukaryotes -; organisms that include fungi, plants, and animals. In a study in Nature, the team describes how the system is based on … Read more

Invisible Intruders: Ancient Viruses Discovered in the DNA of Coral Symbionts

Illustration of DNA of Ancient Viruses

An international team of scientists has discovered the remains of ancient RNA viruses in the DNA of symbiotic organisms within reef-building corals. This surprising discovery sheds light on viral infections in corals and their symbiotic partners known as dinoflagellates. Researchers were surprised to find fragments of[{” attribute=””>RNA viruses in coral partners’ genomes. Scientists have discovered … Read more