Latest Genome Stories

2013-07-01 19:04:54

Canadian-led study will help scientists identify key genomic regions in canola, other food plants What allows certain plants to survive freezing and thrive in the Canadian climate, while others are sensitive to the slightest drop in temperature? Those that flourish activate specific genes at just the right time -- but the way gene activation is controlled remains poorly understood. A major step forward in understanding this process lies in a genomic map produced by an international...

Prehistoric Horse DNA Sequenced
2013-06-27 04:22:03

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A fossilized bone fragment belonging to a prehistoric relative of modern-day horses has led to the oldest genome-sequencing effort of all time, according to new research published online Wednesday in the journal Nature. According to Jonathan Ball of BBC News, the approximately 700,000-year-old fossil predates all previous DNA mapping efforts by more than 500,000 years. The bone was recovered from the Thistle Creek site in the...

Ehux Algae Adapts With Variable Genome
2013-06-13 09:15:51

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online An international team of researchers has sequenced the genome of Emiliania huxleyi, a species of single-celled photosynthetic marine algae that they say is responsible for removing carbon dioxide from the air, supplying the oxygen we breath, and even forming the basis of marine food chains. The results of their work has just been published in the journal Nature and helps explain the tremendous adaptive potential and global...

2013-06-06 23:32:28

Glowing Plant´s Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to end on June 7 at 1am EST. San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) June 05, 2013 Glowing Plant is taking the first step towards creating sustainable natural lighting for the planet by using synthetic biology and Genome Compiler´s software to create plants that glow in the dark. That´s right, the team at Glowing Plant is looking to create light without using any electricity, and has looked to crowdfund the entire project on Kickstarter....

Cocoa Tree Genome Sequenced
2013-06-03 11:42:19

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While sweets maker Mars Inc. isn´t necessarily known for producing the world´s finest chocolate, scientists at the company may have opened the door to better tasting cocoa and a more productive plant. According to a report in the open access journal Genome Biology, researchers from the candy bar maker in collaboration with several other research institutions have just sequenced the genome of the most commonly...

Researchers Map Genome Of Two Important Spruce Tree Species
2013-05-23 07:52:22

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The genomes of two of the most economically important forest trees in the world were released by Canadian and Swedish scientists. In Canada, the conifers supply raw materials for the forest industry, accounting for $23.7 billion of the nation´s economy in 2011, while the gross output of the Swedish forest industry was $29.7 billion in 2009. Between them, the white spruce and the Norway spruce genomes have 20-30 billion...

Genomic Survey Of Fungal Diversity On Human Skin
2013-05-23 06:02:17

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Your skin is literally covered with almost 200 different kinds of fungi. This isn´t the scene out of some twisted horror movie — it´s the conclusion of a team of American researchers who recently created a topographic map of fungi typically found on living human skin. To create their map, scientists from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) used genetic...

2013-05-22 10:17:41

Rice computational study tracks E. coli cells´ regulatory mechanisms Environment is not the only factor in shaping regulatory patterns – and it might not even be the primary factor, according to a new Rice University study that looks at how cells´ protein networks relate to a bacteria´s genome. The Rice lab of computer scientist Luay Nakhleh reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that when environmental factors are eliminated from an...

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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”...

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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