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As the Earth’s human population marches toward 9 billion, the need for hardy new varieties of grain crops has never been greater.
DNA is the molecule that encodes the genetic instructions enabling a cell to produce the thousands of proteins it typically needs.
An international team of researchers have taken an important step in the field of synthetic biology, bringing scientists closer to manufacturing microorganisms that could produce biofuels or even medicines.
An international team of scientists led by Jef Boeke, PhD, director of NYU Langone Medical Center's Institute for Systems Genetics, has synthesized the first functional chromosome in yeast, an important step in the emerging field of synthetic biology, designing microorganisms to produce novel medicines, raw materials for food, and biofuels.
Researchers have pinpointed a new mechanism of how natural variation in our DNA alters an individual's risk for developing heart disease by interfering with the ability of a developmental gene to interact with a specialized type of RNA.
Scientists have created the first detailed map of the way human genes work throughout major cells and tissues.
'Striking result' may lead to new treatments. Charlottesville, VA (PRWEB) March 27, 2014 Researchers at the University of Virginia School of
While scientists can already use DNA to determine an unknown person’s gender or ancestry, new research appearing in the March 20 issue of PLOS Genetics suggests that it will soon be able to help identify his or her actual facial features.
Our DNA and its architecture are duplicated every time our cells divide. Histone proteins are key building blocks of this architecture and contain crucial information that regulates our genes.
New research from a team of American researchers has found a genetic mechanism that shuts off the gene associated with fragile X syndrome – which causes developmental disorders such as mental retardation and autism.
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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