Biotechnology

Biotechnology is a broad discipline in which biological processes, organisms, cells or cellular components are exploited to develop new technologies. New tools and products developed by biotechnologists are useful in research, agriculture, industry and the clinic.

Featured

Latest Research and Reviews

  • Research
    | Open Access

    RNA of sufficient quality and quantity can be extracted from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) samples to obtain comprehensive transcriptome profiling using the 3′ massive analysis of c-DNA ends (MACE) RNA-sequencing technology. Thus, MACE provides an opportunity for utilizing FFPE samples stored in histological archives.

    • Stefaniya Boneva
    • , Anja Schlecht
    • , Daniel Böhringer
    • , Hans Mittelviefhaus
    • , Thomas Reinhard
    • , Hansjürgen Agostini
    • , Claudia Auw-Haedrich
    • , Günther Schlunck
    • , Julian Wolf
    •  & Clemens Lange
  • Reviews |

    Wilkinson and colleagues discuss haematopoietic stem cell (HSC) self-renewal in mice and humans. Experimental techniques for assaying HSC self-renewal are addressed, along with biological mechanisms regulating HSC self-renewal in vivo and ex vivo, and the therapeutic implications of this understanding.

    • Adam C. Wilkinson
    • , Kyomi J. Igarashi
    •  & Hiromitsu Nakauchi
  • Research
    | Open Access

    The relative contribution of fallopian tube (FT) or ovarian surface epithelium (OSE) to high-grade serous ovarian cancer (HG-SOC) development is unclear. Here, the authors establish organoid models from murine oviductal and OSE tissues that allow cancer modeling via CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing, and report a dual origin of murine HG-SOC.

    • Kadi Lõhmussaar
    • , Oded Kopper
    • , Jeroen Korving
    • , Harry Begthel
    • , Celien P. H. Vreuls
    • , Johan H. van Es
    •  & Hans Clevers
  • Research
    | Open Access

    Multi-nucleotide variants (MNV) are genetic variants in close proximity of each other on the same haplotype whose functional impact is difficult to predict if they reside in the same codon. Here, Wang et al. use the gnomAD dataset to assemble a catalogue of MNVs and estimate their global mutation rate.

    • Qingbo Wang
    • , Emma Pierce-Hoffman
    • , Beryl B. Cummings
    • , Jessica Alföldi
    • , Laurent C. Francioli
    • , Laura D. Gauthier
    • , Andrew J. Hill
    • , Anne H. O’Donnell-Luria
    • , Irina M. Armean
    • , Eric Banks
    • , Louis Bergelson
    • , Kristian Cibulskis
    • , Ryan L. Collins
    • , Kristen M. Connolly
    • , Miguel Covarrubias
    • , Mark J. Daly
    • , Stacey Donnelly
    • , Yossi Farjoun
    • , Steven Ferriera
    • , Stacey Gabriel
    • , Jeff Gentry
    • , Namrata Gupta
    • , Thibault Jeandet
    • , Diane Kaplan
    • , Kristen M. Laricchia
    • , Christopher Llanwarne
    • , Eric V. Minikel
    • , Ruchi Munshi
    • , Benjamin M. Neale
    • , Sam Novod
    • , Nikelle Petrillo
    • , Timothy Poterba
    • , David Roazen
    • , Valentin Ruano-Rubio
    • , Andrea Saltzman
    • , Kaitlin E. Samocha
    • , Molly Schleicher
    • , Cotton Seed
    • , Matthew Solomonson
    • , Jose Soto
    • , Grace Tiao
    • , Kathleen Tibbetts
    • , Charlotte Tolonen
    • , Christopher Vittal
    • , Gordon Wade
    • , Arcturus Wang
    • , James S. Ware
    • , Nicholas A. Watts
    • , Ben Weisburd
    • , Nicola Whiffin
    • , Carlos A. Aguilar Salinas
    • , Tariq Ahmad
    • , Christine M. Albert
    • , Diego Ardissino
    • , Gil Atzmon
    • , John Barnard
    • , Laurent Beaugerie
    • , Emelia J. Benjamin
    • , Michael Boehnke
    • , Lori L. Bonnycastle
    • , Erwin P. Bottinger
    • , Donald W. Bowden
    • , Matthew J. Bown
    • , John C. Chambers
    • , Juliana C. Chan
    • , Daniel Chasman
    • , Judy Cho
    • , Mina K. Chung
    • , Bruce Cohen
    • , Adolfo Correa
    • , Dana Dabelea
    • , Dawood Darbar
    • , Ravindranath Duggirala
    • , Josée Dupuis
    • , Patrick T. Ellinor
    • , Roberto Elosua
    • , Jeanette Erdmann
    • , Tõnu Esko
    • , Martti Färkkilä
    • , Jose Florez
    • , Andre Franke
    • , Gad Getz
    • , Benjamin Glaser
    • , Stephen J. Glatt
    • , David Goldstein
    • , Clicerio Gonzalez
    • , Leif Groop
    • , Christopher Haiman
    • , Craig Hanis
    • , Matthew Harms
    • , Mikko Hiltunen
    • , Matti M. Holi
    • , Christina M. Hultman
    • , Mikko Kallela
    • , Jaakko Kaprio
    • , Sekar Kathiresan
    • , Bong-Jo Kim
    • , Young Jin Kim
    • , George Kirov
    • , Jaspal Kooner
    • , Seppo Koskinen
    • , Harlan M. Krumholz
    • , Subra Kugathasan
    • , Soo Heon Kwak
    • , Markku Laakso
    • , Terho Lehtimäki
    • , Ruth J. F. Loos
    • , Steven A. Lubitz
    • , Ronald C. W. Ma
    • , Jaume Marrugat
    • , Kari M. Mattila
    • , Steven McCarroll
    • , Mark I. McCarthy
    • , Dermot McGovern
    • , Ruth McPherson
    • , James B. Meigs
    • , Olle Melander
    • , Andres Metspalu
    • , Peter M. Nilsson
    • , Michael C. O’Donovan
    • , Dost Ongur
    • , Lorena Orozco
    • , Michael J. Owen
    • , Colin N. A. Palmer
    • , Aarno Palotie
    • , Kyong Soo Park
    • , Carlos Pato
    • , Ann E. Pulver
    • , Nazneen Rahman
    • , Anne M. Remes
    • , John D. Rioux
    • , Samuli Ripatti
    • , Dan M. Roden
    • , Danish Saleheen
    • , Veikko Salomaa
    • , Nilesh J. Samani
    • , Jeremiah Scharf
    • , Heribert Schunkert
    • , Moore B. Shoemaker
    • , Pamela Sklar
    • , Hilkka Soininen
    • , Harry Sokol
    • , Tim Spector
    • , Patrick F. Sullivan
    • , Jaana Suvisaari
    • , E. Shyong Tai
    • , Yik Ying Teo
    • , Tuomi Tiinamaija
    • , Ming Tsuang
    • , Dan Turner
    • , Teresa Tusie-Luna
    • , Erkki Vartiainen
    • , Hugh Watkins
    • , Rinse K. Weersma
    • , Maija Wessman
    • , James G. Wilson
    • , Ramnik J. Xavier
    • , Konrad J. Karczewski
    •  & Daniel G. MacArthur

News and Comment

  • Comments and Opinion
    | Open Access

    The continued explosive spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) despite aggressive public health measures has triggered an unprecedented international vaccine effort. However, correlates of protection, which can help guide intelligent vaccine design, are not known for SARS-CoV-2. Research on influenza immunity and vaccine development may provide valuable lessons for coronavirus efforts, especially considering similarities in rapid evolutionary potential. The apparent inevitability of future novel coronavirus outbreaks must prompt work on a universal coronavirus vaccine.

    • Luca T. Giurgea
    • , Alison Han
    •  & Matthew J. Memoli
    npj Vaccines 5, 43
  • News and Views |

    Whereas textbooks depict metabolism in perfect homeostasis, disturbances occur in real life. One particularly relevant disturbance, caused by excess food and alcohol consumption and exacerbated by genetics, is reductive stress. New work by Goodman et al. identifies a biomarker of reductive stress and uses a gene therapy solution in mice. This work suggests how exercise and an accessible nutritional technology can synergistically increase catabolism and relieve reductive stress.

    • Collin D. Heer
    •  & Charles Brenner