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Deleting One Gene In Fungus Reveals New Compounds With Antibiotic Potential
2013-11-01 08:42:09

Oregon State University Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered that one gene in a common fungus acts as a master regulator, and deleting it has opened access to a wealth of new compounds that have never before been studied – with the potential to identify new antibiotics. The finding was announced today in the journal PLOS Genetics, in research supported by the National Institutes of Health and the American Cancer Society. Scientists succeeded in flipping a genetic...

Kiwi Genome Reveals A Few Surprises
2013-10-27 05:36:19

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Scientists working to sequence the genome of the kiwifruit have revealed that the berry has recently undergone a pair of whole-genome duplication events, according to new research published earlier this month in the journal Nature Communications. Zhangjun Fei, an associate professor at the Boyce Thompson Institute at Cornell University, and his colleagues also discovered that there were many similarities between the kiwi’s more...

Gene Enhancers Play Major Role In Making Our Faces Unique
2013-10-25 07:52:51

[ Watch the Video: Face It - We All Look Different ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online No two faces look exactly alike, making the human face as unique as a fingerprint. What makes facial morphology so distinct, though? Genetics obviously plays a major role, as is evident in the similarities between parents and children. But what in our DNA fine-tunes the genetics so that siblings, especially identical twins, resemble one another but look different from unrelated...

Molecular Clock Of The Common Buzzard
2013-10-23 09:27:24

University of Bielefeld Bielefeld biologists reveal the influence of genes on dispersal behavior Be it hibernation or the routes of migratory birds: all animal behavior that is subject to annual rhythms is controlled by a molecular clock. Although this has been known for a long time, in many cases it is still unclear how far genes are involved in setting this internal clock. Up to now, this also applied to the common buzzard and its migration from parental breeding grounds. Behavioral...

2013-10-22 23:31:36

Getting sleep and regularly exercising may help keep people young at heart. However, new research suggests mutated genes passed down from mothers may also predetermine aging rates. Park Ridge, IL (PRWEB) October 22, 2013 Getting sleep and regularly exercising may help keep people young at heart. However, new research suggests mutated genes passed down from mothers may also predetermine aging rates. The researchers of Karolinska Institute in Sweden and the Max Planck Institute of Biology...

Plug And Play Synthetic Biology - Rewriting An Entire Genome
2013-10-19 04:15:01

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of scientists from Harvard and Yale have recorded the entire genome of the bacteria E. coli, and in a dramatic demonstration of the potential of rewriting an organism's genetic code, they have improved the bacterium's ability to resist viruses. "This is the first time the genetic code has been fundamentally changed," according to Farren Isaacs, assistant professor of molecular, cellular, and developmental biology at Yale....

2013-10-14 23:18:54

New Kit Specifically Designed and Optimized for Analysis of Methylcytosine in RNA Irvine, CA (PRWEB) October 14, 2013 Zymo Research Corporation—The Epigenetics Company—continues to expand its range of tools and services for scientists working in the field of epigenetics with the release of its new EZ RNA Methylation™ Kit. This first-of-its-kind kit is specifically designed and optimized for bisulfite conversion of RNA for 5-methylcytosine detection. Zymo Research now makes it easy...

2013-10-14 11:18:08

Researchers identify key proteins that help establish cell function Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have developed a new way to parse and understand how special proteins called "master regulators" read the genome, and consequently turn genes on and off. Writing in the October 13, 2013 Advance Online Publication of Nature, the scientists say their approach could make it quicker and easier to identify specific gene mutations associated with...


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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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Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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