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Evolutionary Arms Race Within The Human Genome

Evolutionary Arms Race Within The Human Genome

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research from the University of California, Santa Cruz has revealed that two sets of primate genes have been battling it out over the millennia and this conflict has driven the complexity...

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2014-09-26 08:25:55

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Sept. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- On September 26 and 27, two events change the way we think about DNA: 1. GENiSYSS announces an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign from September 26 through November 2 (http://www.igg.me/at/DNA) launching DNA storage never before available to the public together with digital memory and custom software. The crowdfunding campaign "pre-sells" product for holiday season delivery. 2. Team DeLorean of The...

threespine sticklebacks
2014-09-19 02:00:10

Robert Sanders, University of California - Berkeley Sticklebacks, the roaches of the fish world, are the ideal animal in which to study the genes that control body shape. They’ve moved from the ocean into tens of thousands of freshwater streams and lakes around the world, each time changing their skeleton to adapt to the new environment. Breeding studies between marine and freshwater populations of sticklebacks now have turned up one of the genes that controls tooth number, plus...

Discovery Of The 'Most Famous Wheat Gene' Clears Way To Breed Better, Non-GMO Wheat
2014-09-17 03:35:16

By Eric Sorensen, Washington State University Washington State University researchers have found “the most famous wheat gene,” a reproductive traffic cop of sorts that can be used to transfer valuable genes from other plants to wheat. The discovery clears the way for breeders to develop wheat varieties with the disease- and pest-resistance traits of other grasses, using a legion of genetic tools that can reduce crop losses and pesticide use while foregoing the cost, regulatory...

2014-09-11 04:21:22

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, September 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Sophia Genetics, the European leader in Data Driven Medicine, has significantly expanded its European customer base through its first deal with the NHS in the United Kingdom and an agreement with a leading Turkish laboratory. This follows a surge in demand for the company's Clinical Genomics offerings among laboratories and hospitals in Germany, France and Italy, with additional customer relationships in these countries...

2014-08-19 12:28:27

First Kit Improves RNA-Seq for FFPE and High-Quality RNA Samples IPSWICH, Mass., Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- New England Biolabs, Inc. (NEB(®)) today announced that NEB has exclusively in-licensed rights from Genomic Health, Inc. to its technology for the depletion of abundant RNAs, which is instrumental to performing sensitive RNA-seq experiments at a lower cost. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20090921/NE79207LOGO-b Ribosomal RNAs (rRNAs) are extremely abundant,...

Long-grain rice plant
2014-08-15 03:12:54

Iqbal Pittalwala, University of California, Riverside UC Riverside-led research could revolutionize hybrid breeding in agriculture Genomic prediction, a new field of quantitative genetics, is a statistical approach to predicting the value of an economically important trait in a plant, such as yield or disease resistance. The method works if the trait is heritable, as many traits tend to be, and can be performed early in the life cycle of the plant, helping reduce costs. Now a...

2014-08-12 12:02:58

Wiezmann Institute of Science Epigenetics has a large say in blood formation Every day trillions of blood cells are being formed in our body: from the oxygen-carrying red blood cells to the many types of white blood cells that fight pathogens and infection. All of these highly specialized cells originate from blood stem cells – unique cells that have the potential to mature into all blood types. How exactly is the fate of these stem cells regulated? Preliminary findings from...

2014-08-08 10:57:48

University of Wisconsin-Madison A team of researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has identified the genes and enzymes that create a promising compound — the 19 carbon furan-containing fatty acid (19Fu-FA). The compound has a variety of potential uses as a biological alternative for compounds currently derived from fossil fuels. Researchers from the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), which is headquartered at UW-Madison and funded by the U.S. Department of...

2014-08-05 11:38:33

Fujita Health University, ICMS Genomic responses in mouse models greatly mimic human inflammatory diseases Mouse models of human diseases are essential research tools that are widely used in the medical sciences to increase our understanding of the pathogenesis and pathophysiology of various diseases, and to search for cures. Despite the widespread use of mice as animal models of disease, in 2013, Seok et al. reported that mouse models poorly mimic human inflammatory diseases, such as...

human genome
2014-07-25 05:33:29

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Despite the complex structure of the human genome, more than 90 percent of it has no important biological function, scientists from Oxford University report in research published in the July 24 edition of the journal PLOS Genetics. In fact, according to the study authors, just 8.2 percent of the genome is actively operating to make us who we are and keep our cellular systems functioning. The rest, Telegraph science correspondent...


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Knockout Mouse
2013-10-02 11:52:01

A Knockout Mouse is a genetically engineered mouse in which researchers have inactivated, or “knocked out,” an existing gene by replacing it or disrupting it with an artificial piece of DNA. The loss of gene activity frequently causes changes in a mouse’s phenotype, which includes appearance, behavior, or other apparent and biochemical characteristics. Knockout mice are significant animal models for studying the role of genes which have been sequenced but whose functions haven’t...

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cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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