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An old genetic tool in plant biology still has value

Scientific tools for plant genetics research continuously fade away as newer methods evolve. However, researchers at Mississippi State University have found that one older method, the use of fragmented chloroplast DNA sequences, ...

Jan 06, 2015
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How vitamin C helps plants beat the sun

While vitamin C in plant chloroplasts is known to help prevent a reduction in growth that plants experience when exposed to excessive light—phenomenon called photo inhibition—how it gets into chloroplasts ...

Jan 05, 2015
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How a white rot tackles freshly-cut food

Researchers sequenced and analyzed the white rot fungus Phlebiopsis gigantea, which can break down fresh-cut conifer sapwood. They also sequenced and analyzed the set of P. gigantea's secreted proteins (secretome) ...

Dec 23, 2014
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The origin of the language of life

The genetic code is the universal language of life. It describes how information is encoded in the genetic material and is the same for all organisms from simple bacteria to animals to humans. However, the ...

Dec 19, 2014
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