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How Does A Shape-shifting DNA-repair Machine Fight Cancer?
2014-02-04 12:27:58

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source reveals inner-workings of essential protein found throughout life. Maybe you’ve seen the movies or played with toy Transformers, those shape-shifting machines that morph in response to whatever challenge they face. It turns out that DNA-repair machines in your cells use a similar approach to fight cancer and other diseases, according to research led by scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s...

DNA Methylation May Increase Cancer Risk As We Age
2014-02-04 05:01:25

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Age-related changes in a biochemical process known as DNA methylation could be responsible for the increased risk of cancer in older men and women, according to research appearing in the latest edition of the journal Carcinogenesis. While medical experts have long known that the aging process is a leading risk factor for the development of several different types of cancer, the exact reasons for that phenomenon have remained...

New Microscopy Method Could Spot Dozens Of Distinct Types Of Biomolecules Simultaneously
2014-02-03 09:49:50

Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard A new microscopy method could enable scientists to generate snapshots of dozens of different biomolecules at once in a single human cell, a team from the Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University reported Sunday in Nature Methods. Such images could shed light on complex cellular pathways and potentially lead to new ways to diagnose disease, track its prognosis, or monitor the effectiveness of...

2014-01-29 23:25:09

Dr. James A. Hayward, CEO and President, was honored on January 16 by Networking Magazine as one of eight of Long Island's most accomplished individuals. Stony Brook, NY (PRWEB) January 29, 2014 Applied DNA Sciences (OTCQB: APDN), (Twitter: @APDN), a provider of DNA-based anti-counterfeiting technology and product authentication solutions, is proud to announce that Dr. James A. Hayward, CEO and President, was honored on January 16 by Networking Magazine as one of eight of Long...

2014-01-29 23:22:45

Berkeley-based startup, Exogen Biotechnology, has launched a first of its kind citizen science campaign on Indiegogo for its new laboratory test to measure DNA breaks, which are the most lethal type of DNA damage and a potentially key indicator for overall health conditions. Launched Saturday, January 25, 2013, the project has raised $20,000 in crowdfunding within its first three days. Berkeley, CA (PRWEB) January 29, 2014 Exogen Biotechnology has launched a DNA health monitoring campaign...

2014-01-29 08:37:05

- Maverix Analytic Platform to be Used for Analysis and Hosting of Community of Discovery - SAN MATEO, Calif., Jan. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Maverix Biomics, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has received a $100,000 order from the University of Missouri for the analysis of feline genomes as part of the 99 Lives Cat Whole Genome Sequencing Initiative, a joint project between the University of Missouri, the University of California, Davis, and industrial partners. In addition,...

2014-01-28 12:29:40

-- Bird identified DNA regions where genes are activated, a fundamental contribution in the field of epigenetics, which studies how environmental factors influence diseases such as cancer MADRID, Jan. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The sixth annual BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Biomedicine category goes to British biochemist Adrian Bird, "for his discoveries in the field of epigenetics." Bird's achievements includes mapping DNA regions where genes are activated by...

2014-01-28 12:22:36

Project combines global online design challenge with lab experiments An enthusiastic group of non-experts, working through an online interface and receiving feedback from lab experiments, has produced designs for RNA molecules that are consistently more successful than those generated by the best computerized design algorithms, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford University report. Moreover, the researchers gathered some of the best design rules and practices...

New Method Allows Researchers To Sort Out DNA Contamination
2014-01-28 06:53:19

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Special precautions are usually a part of retrieving ancient DNA to prevent DNA from researchers or the environment from mixing with that of the fossil. Many ancient fossils, however, have been lying forgotten in museum collections for decades that have become contaminated with present-day human DNA before even entering the laboratory. A solution for this problem, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS),...

2014-01-27 13:30:39

A simple adjustment to a powerful gene-editing tool may be able to improve its specificity. In a report receiving advance online publication in Nature Biotechnology, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators describe how adjusting the length of the the guide RNA (gRNA) component of the synthetic enzymes called CRISPR-Cas RNA-guided nucleases (RGNs) can substantially reduce the occurrence of DNA mutations at sites other than the intended target, a limitation the team had previously...


Latest DNA Reference Libraries

Brief Introduction To DNA Probes
2014-01-12 00:00:00

DNA probes help scientists to detect a specific gene in a long DNA sequence. According to Dr. Michael A. Pfaller, DNA probes are “single-stranded pieces of nucleic acid, labeled with a specific tracer (isotope, enzyme, or chromophore), that will hydrogen bond (hybridize) with complementary single-stranded pieces of DNA (or RNA) under the appropriate conditions of pH, temperature, and iconic strength.” The Foundation for Genomics and Population Health website has a helpful video about...

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2011-04-14 15:10:21

Bacillus subtilis, also known as hay bacillus or grass bacillus, is a Gram-positive, catalase-positive bacterium commonly found in soil. It is rod-shaped and a member of the genus Bacillus. It also has the ability to form a tough, protective endospore, allowing the organism to tolerate extreme environmental conditions. B. subtilis has historically been classified as an obligate aerobe, though recent research has proven this to not be strictly correct. It is not a human pathogen although...

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