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May 20, 2019

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The first humans who settled in Scandinavia more than 10,000 years ago left their DNA behind in ancient chewing gums, which are masticated lumps made from birch ... read more
Scientists have used an experimental therapy that relies on bacteria-infecting viruses collected, in part, through HHMI's SEA-PHAGES program to fight a Mycobacterium ... read more
Researchers demonstrate that genetically identical cells exhibit differing responses in their motility towards chemical attractants. Average values hide the full picture when ... read more

Gene Therapy Durably Reverses Congenital Deafness in Mice

Scientists have managed to restore hearing in an adult mouse model of DFNB9 deafness -- a hearing disorder that represents one of the most frequent cases of congenital genetic deafness. Individuals ... read more
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Nature Versus Nurture: Environment Exerts Greater Influence on Corn Health Than Genetics

In one of the largest and most diverse leaf microbe studies to date, the team monitored the active bacteria on the leaves of 300 diverse lines of corn growing in a common environment. They were ... read more

Fast-Changing Genetics Key to Hospital Superbug Survival

A highly drug-resistant bacteria common in hospitals, Klebsiella pneumoniae, represents a significant antimicrobial resistance threat and should be monitored globally, say researchers. The warning ... read more

New Plant Breeding Technologies for Food Security

Scientists argue that new plant breeding technologies can contribute significantly to food security and sustainable development. Genome editing techniques in particular, such as CRISPR/Cas, could ... read more

Related individuals of a soil bacterial species live in cooperative groups and exhibit astonishing genetic and behavioral ... read more

Natural Plant Defense Genes Provide Clues to Safener Protection in Grain Sorghum

Weeds often emerge at the same time as vulnerable crop seedlings and sneak between plants as crops grow. How do farmers kill them without harming the crops themselves? In a new study, researchers ... read more

Go for a Run or Eat Chocolate: A Choice Dictated by the Cannabinoid Receptors

A study reveals that the cannabinoid type 1 (CB1) receptors play an essential role in the choice between running and eating chocolatey ... read more

Checking DNA Base Editor's Mistakes and Tricks to Reduce Them

Scientists have identified the mistake-rate of DNA editing tools, based on CRISPR and known as adenine base editors. Assessing the genome-wide target specificity of these innovative techniques is ... read more

GM Seed Use Has Exploded in India: Socially Motivated Decisions

After the Indian government liberalized its economy, shops stocking a previously controlled market of public agricultural goods were suddenly flooded with new private brands. Rather than relying on ... read more

Using E. Coli to Create Bioproducts, Like Biodiesel, in a Cost-Effective Manner

Mechanical engineers are working on genetically engineering and optimizing E. coli bacteria to produce bioproducts, like biodiesel, in a cost-effective ... read more

Plants Short-Cut Evolution by Taking Genes from Neighbors

Scientists have discovered that grasses are able to short cut evolution by taking genes from their ... read more

New Frog Species Found on Remote Ethiopian Mountain

A new species of puddle frog (order: Anura, family: Phynobatrachidae, genus: Phrynobatrachus), has just been discovered at the unexplored and isolated Bibita Mountain in southwestern Ethiopia. The ... read more

Harvesting Wild Genes Gives Crops Renewed Resistance to Disease

A global alliance of researchers has pioneered a new method to rapidly recruit disease-resistance genes from wild plants for transfer into domestic crops. The technique promises to revolutionize the ... read more

Bacteria Promote Lung Tumor Development, Study Suggests

Cancer biologists have discovered a mechanism that lung tumors exploit to promote their own survival: The tumors alter bacterial populations within the lung, provoking the immune system to create an ... read more

Vaccination With Streptococcus Mitis Could Protect Against Virulent Sibling, Streptococcus Pneumonia

Vaccinating laboratory mice with Streptococcus mitis bacteria prevents their virulent sibling, Streptococcus pneumoniae from infecting the mice. The research suggests that vaccination of humans with ... read more

Engineering a Cancer-Fighting Virus

An engineered virus kills cancer cells more effectively than another virus currently used in treatments, according to ... read more

Hens That Lay Human Proteins in Eggs Offer Future Therapy Hope

Chickens that are genetically modified to produce human proteins in their eggs can offer a cost-effective method of producing certain types of drugs, research suggests. Researchers say the findings ... read more

Noisy Gene Atlas to Help Reveal How Plants 'Hedge Their Bets' in Race for Survival

Plant scientists have built a gene expression atlas that maps the 'noisy genes' of genetically identical plants. This is helping to explain why 'twin' plants, with identical ... read more

CRISPR/Cas9 Used to Control Genetic Inheritance in Mice

Using active genetics technology, biologists have developed the world's first CRISPR/Cas9-based approach to control genetic inheritance in a mammal. The achievement in mice lays the groundwork ... read more

Effective Strategies for Safeguarding CRISPR Gene-Drive Experiments

Researchers have demonstrated for the first time how two molecular strategies can safeguard CRISPR gene-drive experiments in the lab, according to a new ... read more

How Staying in Shape Is Vital for Reproductive Success

Cells must keep their shape and proportions to successfully reproduce through cell division, scientists have found. The research reveals a fundamental biological basis for scaling, where cells ... read more

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