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Comparing the genomes of the leprosy bacteria

Leprosy is a chronic infection of the skin, peripheral nerves, eyes and mucosa of the upper respiratory tract, affecting over a quarter million people worldwide. Its symptoms can be gruesome and devastating, ...

dateMar 23, 2015 in Biotechnology
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Evolutionary novelties in vision

A new study from SciLifeLab at Uppsala University published in PLOS ONE shows that genes crucial for vision were multiplied in the early stages of vertebrate evolution and acquired distinct functions leading to the sophis ...

dateMar 27, 2015 in Biotechnology
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New thesis maps the origin of colour vision

Roughly 500 million years ago, the genome of vertebrate animals' early ancestors doubled in size, not just once but twice. This meant that suddenly there were several gene copies which were free to develop new functions. ...

dateMar 26, 2015 in Biotechnology
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Food-delivery process inside seeds revealed

Inside every seed is the embryo of a plant, and in most cases also a storage of food needed to power initial growth of the young seedling. A seed consists mainly of carbohydrates and these have to be is transported ...

dateMar 20, 2015 in Biotechnology
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