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Mitochondrial Genome Of Ancestral Flowering Plant Revealed By Tulip Tree
2013-04-15 11:24:04

BioMed Central The extraordinary level of conservation of the tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) mitochondrial genome has redefined our interpretation of evolution of the angiosperms (flowering plants), finds research in biomed Central's open access journal BMC Biology. This beautiful 'molecular fossil' has a remarkably slow mutation rate meaning that its mitochondrial genome has remained largely unchanged since the dinosaurs were roaming the earth. Evolutionary studies make used of...

2013-04-12 13:40:04

The spleen is rarely noticed, until it is missing. In children born without this organ, that doesn't happen until they become sick with life-threatening bacterial infections. An international team of researchers led by scientists from Rockefeller's St. Giles Laboratory of Human Genetics and Infectious Diseases has now identified the defective gene responsible for this rare disorder. The findings, reported today in Science Express, may lead to new diagnostic tests and raises new questions...

BRAIN Initiative Announced By Obama
2013-04-03 07:22:50

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online For even the most casual observer of the American political process, the term ℠American Exceptionalism´ is not unfamiliar. While the concept itself might seem somehow ethereal, the history of our nation and our exceptionalism, especially over the last 100 years, is tied to our commitment to scientific advancement. Originally reported in February here on redOrbit, an anticipated new scientific initiative was formally...

Unraveling The Bizarre Features Of The Turtle Genome
2013-03-28 07:05:03

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The western painted turtle (Chrysemys picta bellii) is one of the most widespread species of turtle in North America. This creature is found in fresh, slow-moving waters from southern Canada to northern Mexico and from the Atlantic to the Pacific. And because this species has been widely studied, it only makes sense for researchers to sequence its genome, and that they´ve done. Publishing the work in this week´s Genome...

Supreme Court May Decide Whether We Own Our Genes
2013-03-26 18:06:58

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online They may be responsible for everything in your life, from conception to death, they may be inside every living cell in your body — but you do not own your own genes, legally speaking. According to a report in Genome Medicine, patents essentially cover the entire human genome, hampering research and raising the question of “genomic liberty.” The legal standing of genomic patents could change next month when...

Neanderthal Genome Fully Sequenced From Toe Bone
2013-03-20 06:21:09

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of German scientists have fully sequenced the genome of the Neanderthal and said they will be making the entire sequence freely available to the scientific community for research. The genome was produced from the remains of a toe bone found in a cave in Siberia, and is far more detailed than a previous mapping of the ancient genome published three years ago by the same team. Svante Paabo and colleagues at the Max Planck...

Shortcut Map Could Simplify The Hunt For Disease-Causing Genes
2013-03-19 11:01:44

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Certain diseases are caused by single gene mutations, and with current techniques for identifying the disease-causing gene producing hundreds of potential gene candidates, it is difficult for scientists to pinpoint the single causative gene. New research led by Rockefeller University scientists has led to the creation of a map of gene "shortcuts" to simplify the hunt for disease-causing genes. Yuval Itan, a postdoctoral fellow in the...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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