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Recreating Alien DNA On Earth
2013-10-07 12:50:13

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The man who helped map the human genome says that scientists will one day be able to use 3D printing technology to create alien life forms on Earth. Dr Craig Venter wrote in his latest book "Life at the Speed of Light: From the Double Helix to the Dawn of Digital Life" that scientists could design basic organisms in the future based on alien life forms by using a robotically controlled genome sequencing unit. Venter created the...

The Mystery Of Handedness
2013-10-02 05:23:47

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Most of us are right handed, with only approximately ten percent of the population of the UK, and the world at large, being left handed. But why that is so remains a mystery. Two independent studies might have given us some clues to the mystery, however. Professor John Armour and Dr. Angus Davison from The University of Nottingham collaborated with University College London's Professor Chris McManus to rule out a "strong genetic...

First 3D Pictures Of Chromosome Structure Revealed
2013-09-25 15:40:45

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council A new method for visualizing chromosomes is painting a truer picture of their shape, which is rarely like the X-shaped blob of DNA most of us are familiar with. Scientists at the BBSRC-funded Babraham Institute, working with the University of Cambridge and the Weizmann Institute, have produced beautiful 3D models that more accurately show their complex shape and the way DNA within them folds up. The X-shape, often used to...

2013-09-19 10:24:12

Sequencing the DNA of an organism, whether human, plant, or jellyfish, has become a straightforward task, but assembling the information gathered into something coherent remains a massive data challenge. Researchers using computational resources at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, have created a faster and more effective way to assemble genomic information, while increasing performance. In a paper presented the past month at the 39th...

Big Cat Genomes Sequenced
2013-09-18 04:22:22

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In conservation efforts aimed at protecting endangered species, a group of international scientists has mapped the genome of the Siberian, or Amur, tiger. The findings, published in Nature Communications, reveal clues to how the big cat evolved to become a top predator with a carnivorous diet and superior muscle strength. According to National Geographic, the Siberian tiger is the largest tiger subspecies. The animals weigh as much...

2013-09-16 11:33:23

European scientists, led by researchers from the University of Geneva (UNIGE)'s Faculty of Medicine in the context of the GEUVADIS project, today present a map that points to the genetic causes of differences between people. The study, published in Nature and Nature Biotechnology, offers the largest-ever dataset linking human genomes to gene activity at the level of RNA. Understanding how each person's unique genome makes them more or less susceptible to disease is one of the biggest...

2013-09-09 11:32:11

Discovery provides target to potentially halt the process, prevent cancers Biologists reported today in Nature that they have identified two pathways through which chromosomes are rearranged in mammalian cells. These types of changes are associated with some cancers and inherited disorders in people. "Our finding provides a target to prevent these rearrangements, so we could conceivably prevent cancer in some high-risk people," said senior author Edward P. (Paul) Hasty, D.V.M., of the...

2013-08-26 10:53:38

In an era of widespread genetic sequencing, the ability to edit and alter an organism's DNA is a powerful way to explore the information within and how it guides biological function. A paper from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in the August issue of the journal GENETICS takes genome editing to a new level in fruit flies, demonstrating a remarkable level of fine control and, importantly, the transmission of those engineered genetic changes across generations. Both features are key...

Chinese Hamster Genome Decoded
2013-08-22 04:58:36

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The genome of the Chinese hamster - which supplies the cell cultures used by the pharmaceutical industry to produce biopharmaceutical products such as antibodies used in medicine - has been sequenced by an international team of genome researchers led by Professor Dr. Alfred Pühler from Bielefeld University’s Center for Biotechnology (CeBiTec). The CeBiTec team collaborated with the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences...


Latest Genome Reference Libraries

Northern Greater Galago, Otolemur garnettii
2012-05-29 12:39:27

The northern greater galago (Otolemur garnettii), also called Garnett's greater galago, is native to Africa. This species is important to genetic research because of the low genomic sequence, completed in 2006, that makes it possible to bridge the genome sequence of higher primates like chimps, and non-primate species like rodents. However, the small 2x genome is not large enough to be a complete genome. The northern greater galago has been given a conservation status of “Least Concern”...

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2011-01-11 09:41:24

Coccolithovirus, a giant double-stranded DNA virus, infects Emiliania huxleyi, a species of coccolithophore. The virus was first observed in 1999 by W.H. Wilson and his team at the Marine Biological Association. It was sequenced for the EhV-86 strain during the summer of 2005, and was found to be a "giant-virus" having 472 protein-coding genes. It is the largest known marine virus by genome.

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