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2012-06-11 19:28:58

Exploring the epigenome´s regulatory function The sequencing of the human genome has provided a wealth of genetic information, yet the goal of understanding the function of every gene remains outstanding. New research from the University of Illinois published in Cell suggests determining the purpose of genes through a new method they call “comparative epigenomics.” “Comparative epigenomics is to use interspecies comparison of DNA and histone modifications–as...

Consortium Announces First Complete Sequencing Of Pear Genome
2012-06-07 04:04:41

An international pear genome consortium, comprised of seven universities and institutes, has completed the first pear genomic sequence in the world. The early access of pear genomic data is now available online. The international team includes researchers from Nanjing Agricultural University, BGI, Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Georgia, University of Hawaii, and Tohoku University. Pear (Pyrus spp.) is one of the major...

Scientists Sequence Tomato Genome
2012-05-30 13:56:30

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com If you ever wondered what makes the sauce on a pizza taste so good, wonder no more because scientists have unraveled the genetic make-up of a tomato. Scientists report in the journal Nature that they have performed a full genome sequence from the "Heinz 1706" tomato. The researchers say that tomatoes possess about 35,0000 genes arranged on 12 chromosomes. "For any characteristic of the tomato, whether it's taste, natural pest resistance or nutritional...

Genome Data From St. Jude's Children Hospital Aids Researchers
2012-05-30 05:58:52

Connie K. Ho for RedOrbit.com Like the old slogan says, sharing is caring. St. Jude´s Children´s Hospital and the Washington University Pediatric Cancer Genome Project recently announced that it would share its comprehensive human cancer genome data for free access by the scientific community to be used in research regarding cancer and other diseases. The release of data is the largest-ever by an organization and the amount of information more than doubles the volume of...

Genome Mapping Of Crocodiles Could Aid In Species Conservation
2012-05-22 05:48:44

[ Watch the Video ] "If it can't bite you, it's not interesting,” jokes David Ray an evolutionary biologist at Mississippi State University (MSU). Ray and his team of researchers study alligators, crocodiles, flies, bats and other animals. Ray stated of the risky work, "Oh, it's great. I mean, there's just a thrill.” The team, comprised of researchers from many different universities, is undergoing studies on genome mapping of alligators and crocodiles, funded by the...

Scientists Gain Insights From Miscanthus Genome Maps
2012-05-16 08:07:00

Two reports were released this year on the genome of Miscanthus grasses, which are used in gardens, burned for energy and converted into liquid fuels. The first, led by the energy crop organization Ceres, appeared in the journal PLoS ONE; the second, from a team led by researchers at the University of Illinois, is in the journal BMC Genomics. The data, materials, methods and genetic markers used in the latter study are available to the public for further research. Scientists knew that...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'