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2014-06-24 10:21:05

Washington University in St. Louis Scientists have identified a ‘weakness’ in the clover genome that biases species to evolve the same trait Writing about the weird soft-bodied fossils found in the Burgess Shale in the Canadian Rockies, paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould noted that of 25 initial body plans exhibited by the fossils, all but four were quickly eliminated. If we rewound the tape, he asked, and cast the dice once more, would the same four body plans be selected? He...

2014-06-24 09:42:42

The Mount Sinai Hospital / Mount Sinai School of Medicine Biologists have long wondered if mammals share the elegant system used by insects, bacteria and other invertebrates to defend against viral infection. Two back-to-back studies in the journal Science last year said the answer is yes, but a study just published in Cell Reports by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai found the opposite. In the Mount Sinai study, the results found that the defense system used...

2014-06-23 12:29:40

ANZAC Research Institute uses NextCODE's diagnostics and discovery solutions to mine entire genomes for novel mutations in X-linked Charcot-Marie-Tooth syndrome CAMBRIDGE, Mass., June 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- NextCODE Health today announced that a team at the ANZAC Research Institute in Sydney, Australia have used NextCODE capabilities to home in on novel sequence variants underlying X-linked Charcot-Marie-Tooth syndrome (CMTX). CMTX is a rare and progressively debilitating...

2014-06-20 12:23:21

T.A. Sciences® will be traveling to Berlin, Germany, to exhibit at the 1st Anti-Aging Medicine European Congress for German-Speaking Europe (1ST AMEC - DACH). NEW YORK, June 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- T.A. Sciences(®) announced today that it will be an exhibitor at the 1(st) AMEC DACH that will be held in Berlin, Germany, from June 20-21. The sister event of the Anti-Aging Medicine European Congress in Monaco earlier in the year, AMEC DACH is geared towards bringing...

2014-06-18 12:29:54

Arrival of IFN-Free Therapies Will Bring Patients For Whom Current Therapies are Ineffective Back to the Drug-Treated Population, According to Findings from Decision Resources Group BURLINGTON, Mass., June 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Decision Resources Group finds that China's market for hepatitis C virus (HCV) drugs will be driven by an increase in its drug-treated population, following the introduction of novel HCV therapies. Nearly a third of patients diagnosed with HCV do not receive the...

2014-06-17 16:25:38

Messenger RNA Therapeutics(TM) leader joins short list of major innovators for potential to transform the treatment of many diseases CAMBRIDGE, Mass., June 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Moderna Therapeutics, the pioneer in developing messenger RNA (mRNA) Therapeutics(TM), today announced it was named to the 2014 CNBC Disruptor 50 list. CNBC recognizes Moderna as one of the top 50 companies whose innovations are having a dramatic impact across their industries, and are poised for hyper-growth....

Virus Reveals Physics Of Nanopores
2014-06-17 03:36:51

By Kevin Stacey, Brown University Nanopores may one day lead a revolution in DNA sequencing. By sliding DNA molecules one at a time through tiny holes in a thin membrane, it may be possible to decode long stretches of DNA at lightning speeds. Scientists, however, haven’t quite figured out the physics of how polymer strands like DNA interact with nanopores. Now, with the help of a particular type of virus, researchers from Brown University have shed new light on this nanoscale physics....

2014-06-17 13:41:26

University of Texas at Arlington A UT Arlington research team says their study of genetic information from more than 4,000 beetle species has yielded a new theory about why some species lose their Y chromosome and others, such as humans, hang on to it. They call it the "fragile Y hypothesis." The biologists' idea is that the fate of the Y chromosome is heavily influenced by how meiosis, or the production of sperm, works in an organism. They believe the size of an area where X and Y...

2014-06-17 13:37:51

Genetics Society of America GENETICS and G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics publish special collection on the genetics of immunity Immunity is what stops you dying from a common cold or a tiny pinprick. Differences in resistance or tolerance to disease influence who catches the bug that's going around the office, or which species succumb to the deadly fungus devastating frogs around the world. But immunity involves more than just the immune cells that recognize and hunt down pathogens. It is...

2014-06-17 13:32:04

Genetics Society of America Genetics Society of America journals GENETICS and G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics publish special collection focusing on the biology of sex determination Sex is everywhere in nature. Whether it's a male bird singing to mark his territory or a tiny yeast cell secreting chemicals to attract the opposite mating type, sex has profoundly shaped the appearance, behavior and evolution of many organisms. The genetic and evolutionary forces underlying sex differences and...


Latest Genetics Reference Libraries

GloFish
2013-10-03 10:12:03

The GloFish is a patented and trademarked brand of genetically modified fluorescent fish. Various GloFish are currently on the market. Zebrafish were the first GloFish that were available within pet stores and are now sold in bright green, red, orange-yellow, blue, and purple fluorescent colors. Recently, Electric Green, Sunburst Orange, and Moonrise Pink colored tetra (Gymnocorymbus ternetzi) and Electric Green tiger barb (Puntius tetrazona) have been incorporated to the lineup. Although not...

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...

Blue Rose
2013-10-02 08:33:40

A Blue Rose is a flower of the genus Rosa belonging to the family Rosaceae that presents blue to violet pigmentation instead of the more common white, red, or yellow coloration. Blue roses are frequently portrayed in literature and art as a symbol of love and prosperity to those who seek it, but don’t exist in nature as a result of genetic limitations. In 2004, researchers utilized genetic modification to produce roses that contain the blue pigment delphinidin. After 13 years of...

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...

Caenorhabditis elegans
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Caenorhabditis elegans is a species of parasitic roundworm in the Nematoda phylum. It can be found in temperate regions, in many different areas of the world. It prefers to reside in nutrient rich soils. Its scientific name is derived from the Greek terms Caeno, meaning recent, rhabditis, meaning rod-like, and the Latin term elegans, which means elegant. It was first named by Maupas in 1900, but was not classified in the Caenorhabditis subgenus until 1952 by Osche. Caenorhabditis elegans...

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