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2013-07-13 Articles we read this week


  1. Cai D, Cohen KB, Luo T, Lichtman JW, Sanes JR. Improved tools for the Brainbow toolbox. Nat Methods. 2013 May 5;10(6):540-7. doi: 10.1038/nmeth.2450. Epub 2013 May 5. PubMed PMID: 23817127.
  2. Pan YA, Freundlich T, Weissman TA, Schoppik D, Wang XC, Zimmerman S, Ciruna B, Sanes JR, Lichtman JW, Schier AF. Zebrabow: multispectral cell labeling for cell tracing and lineage analysis in zebrafish. Development. 2013 Jul;140(13):2835-46. doi: 10.1242/dev.094631. PubMed PMID: 23757414; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3678346.
    1. Blog post by the first author: Red fish, blue fish, Brainbow fish!

Eye disease

  1. Berger W, Kloeckener-Gruissem B, Neidhardt J. The molecular basis of human retinal and vitreoretinal diseases. Prog Retin Eye Res. 2010 Sep;29(5):335-75. doi: 10.1016/j.preteyeres.2010.03.004. Epub 2010 Mar 31. Review. PubMed PMID: 20362068.
  2. Dalkara D, Byrne LC, Klimczak RR, Visel M, Yin L, Merigan WH, Flannery JG, Schaffer DV. In vivo-directed evolution of a new adeno-associated virus for therapeutic outer retinal gene delivery from the vitreous. Sci Transl Med. 2013 Jun 12;5(189):189ra76. doi: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3005708. PubMed PMID: 23761039.
    1. News coverage: Genes Get in Your Eye.


  1. A collection of seminal papers on CRISPR-CAS
    1. Qi LS, Larson MH, Gilbert LA, Doudna JA, Weissman JS, Arkin AP, Lim WA. Repurposing CRISPR as an RNA-guided platform for sequence-specific control of gene expression. Cell. 2013 Feb 28;152(5):1173-83. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2013.02.022. PubMed PMID: 23452860; PubMed Central PMCID:PMC3664290.
    2. Jinek M, Chylinski K, Fonfara I, Hauer M, Doudna JA, Charpentier E. A programmable dual-RNA-guided DNA endonuclease in adaptive bacterial immunity. Science. 2012 Aug 17;337(6096):816-21. doi: 10.1126/science.1225829. Epub 2012 Jun 28. PubMed PMID: 22745249.
    3. Horvath P, Barrangou R. CRISPR/Cas, the immune system of bacteria and archaea. Science. 2010 Jan 8;327(5962):167-70. doi: 10.1126/science.1179555. Review. PubMed PMID: 20056882.
    4. Sampson TR, Saroj SD, Llewellyn AC, Tzeng YL, Weiss DS. A CRISPR/Cas system mediates bacterial innate immune evasion and virulence. Nature. 2013 May 9;497(7448):254-7. doi: 10.1038/nature12048. Epub 2013 Apr 14. PubMed PMID: 23584588; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3651764.
  2. Ma AC, Lee HB, Clark KJ, Ekker SC. High Efficiency In Vivo Genome Engineering with a Simplified 15-RVD GoldyTALEN Design. PLoS One. 2013 May 29;8(5):e65259.doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0065259. Print 2013. PubMed PMID: 23734242.
  3. Lim S, Wang Y, Yu X, Huang Y, Featherstone MS, Sampath K. A simple strategy for heritable chromosomal deletions in zebrafish via the combinatorial action of  targeting nucleases. Genome Biol. 2013 Jul 1;14(7):R69. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 23815890.


  1. Fortin JM, Currie DJ. Big Science vs. Little Science: How Scientific Impact Scales with Funding. PLoS One. 2013 Jun 19;8(6):e65263. Print 2013. PubMed PMID: 23840323; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3686789.

Philosophy of science

  1. Biesecker LG. Hypothesis-generating research and predictive medicine. Genome Res. 2013 Jul;23(7):1051-3. doi: 10.1101/gr.157826.113. PubMed PMID: 23817045; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3698497.

Stem cells

  1. Tachibana M, Amato P, Sparman M, Gutierrez NM, Tippner-Hedges R, Ma H, Kang E, Fulati A, Lee HS, Sritanaudomchai H, Masterson K, Larson J, Eaton D, Sadler-Fredd K, Battaglia D, Lee D, Wu D, Jensen J, Patton P, Gokhale S, Stouffer RL, Wolf D,  Mitalipov S. Human embryonic stem cells derived by somatic cell nuclear transfer. Cell. 2013 Jun 6;153(6):1228-38. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2013.05.006. Epub 2013 May 15. PubMed PMID: 23683578
    1. News coverage: Scientists create human embryos to make stem cells