An artist's depiction of the CRISPR system in action. Illustration by Stephen Dixon
In the new study, researchers describe the genetic analysis of 150,000 patients showing that rare mutations in a gene called SLC30A8 reduce risk of type 2 diabetes by 65 percent. Image by Lauren Solomon, Broad Communications
This image of the Cas9 complex depicts the Cas9 protein (in light blue), along with its guide RNA (yellow), and target DNA (red). Image courtesy of Bang Wong, from source material provided by Feng Zhang.
Images like this one, taken by the Hubble Telescope, offer a snapshot of how vast and various the universe is. New studies in cancer genomics reveal that the universe of cancer mutations is much bigger than previously thought, and many key cancer genes still remain to be discovered. Credit: European Space Agency & NASA; Davide De Martin (ESA/Hubble) and Edward W. Olszewski (University of Arizona, USA)