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Extra amino acid could work wonders

September 30, 2019

There are 20 amino acids in the standard genetic code. A Rice University professor wants to know what one can…
‘Semi-synthetic’ bacteria churn out unnatural proteins

July 18, 2019

Synthetic biologists seek to create new life with forms and functions not seen in nature. Although scientists are…
Species evolve ways to backup life’s machinery

February 27, 2019

A new analysis of biological data reveals that every species from bacteria to primates has developed ways to…
This illustration shows the structure of a new synthetic DNA molecule, dubbed hachimoji DNA, which uses the four informational ingredients of regular DNA (green, red, blue, yellow) in addition to four new ones (cyan, pink, purple, orange). Credits: Indiana University School of Medicine
Research Creates DNA-like Molecule to Aid Search for Alien Life

February 22, 2019

In a research breakthrough funded by NASA, scientists have synthesized a molecular system that, like DNA, can store…
How the fruit fly got its stripes: Researchers explore the precision of embryonic development

February 4, 2019

In a new study published in the journal Cell, the team showed that cells determine exactly where they need to…
Scientists say that fast advanced DNA sequencing technologies produce too many errors

January 27, 2019

99.8 % accuracy of the new methods that can read lengthy sections of genetic material is quite impressive.…
ZIP Code or Genetic Code?

January 16, 2019

When it comes to disease and health, which is more powerful—ZIP code or genetic code? The degree to which…
Freeze-frame microscopy captures molecule’s ‘lock-and-load’ on DNA

November 20, 2018

Pushing the limits of cryo-electron microscopy, University of California, Berkeley, scientists have captured freeze-frames of the changing shape…
DNA accessibility, gene expression jointly profiled in 1,000s of cells

September 4, 2018

Scientists have now developed an assay that concurrently profiles both the epigenome and the transcriptome of each of…
A change in bacteria’s genetic code holds promise of longer-lasting drugs

June 13, 2018

By altering the genetic code in bacteria, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have demonstrated a…
Chemical modification in RNA changes genetic code

April 6, 2018

A University of Tokyo research group discovered a novel modified base in one of the transfer RNA of…
Cellular barcoding helps scientists understand the behavior of stem cells

January 4, 2018

By tagging bone marrow cells of mice with a genetic label, or barcode, researchers were able to track…
Rapid, cost-effective genetic screening within reach

November 30, 2017

University of Colorado Boulder researchers are developing new techniques for faster, more cost-effective single-molecule DNA sequencing that could…
Fungal find offers new gateway into bioenergy research

May 24, 2017

Scientists have found a genetic modification in fungi that is more common than has been thought, offering scientists…
A newly discovered function of genetic code

March 20, 2016

Researchers at the University of Tokyo have demonstrated that “codons,” the units of the genetic code that specifies…
Alternative Proteins Encoded by Same Gene Have Widely Divergent Functions

February 13, 2016

A single human gene can produce many different proteins. In the first large-scale study of its kind, researchers…
Schizophrenia-associated genetic variants affect gene regulation in the developing brain

December 3, 2015

The team, which was led by researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School, King’s College London and…
Blueprints for limbs encoded in the snake genome

October 2, 2015

When researchers at the University of Georgia examined the genome of several different snake species, they found something…
Stem Cell Research Hints at Evolution of Human Brain

September 25, 2015

The human cerebral cortex contains 16 billion neurons, wired together into arcane, layered circuits responsible for everything from…
Protein Structures Assemble and Disassemble On Command

September 24, 2015

Scientists have deciphered the genetic code that instructs proteins to either self-assemble or disassemble in response to environmental…
Study offers first genetic analysis of people with extremely high intelligence

August 4, 2015

The first ever genetic analysis of people with extremely high intelligence has revealed small but important genetic differences…
IBM Watson speeds cancer DNA insights

May 7, 2015

University of Washington Medical Center will be one of IBM Watson Health’s clinical collaborators in applying Watson to…
Genetic code cracked for worldwide dog and human parasite

February 10, 2015

This parasite causes toxocariasis, a disease that mainly affects young children and is of worldwide socioeconomic importance as…
Bioengineers develop tool for reprogramming genetic code

February 1, 2015

By selectively manipulating how DNA issues biological commands, Stanford bioengineers have developed a tool that could prove useful…
A new study on how to engineer synthetic gene networks

September 23, 2014

A new study on how to engineer synthetic gene networks, recreates the stripe patterns found in animals, using…
Friends Are the Family You Choose: Genome-Wide Analysis Reveals Genetic Similarities Among Friends

July 15, 2014

If you consider your friends family, you may be on to something. A study from the University of…
Secrets of the eucalypt genetic code unlocked

June 12, 2014

Scientists have sequenced the genetic code of the eucalypt for the first time, providing fresh insights into the…
Genetic code of the deadly tsetse fly unraveled

April 28, 2014

Side view of a pregnant tsetse fly. Credit: Geoffrey M. Attardo Mining the genome of the disease-transmitting tsetse…
Scientist makes fibers in a bottle

March 19, 2014

Justin Barone in his new lab in the Human and Agricultural Biosciences Building 1. Barone says the new…
Genetic chip will help salmon farmers breed better fish

February 14, 2014

Researchers have developed a gene chip that will help salmon farmers select the best fish for breeding. Credit:…
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