Enhancing microbial pathways for biofuel production
Researchers from the DOE JGI and the Joint Bioenergy Institute identified genes in an E. coli microbial metabolism pathway that could improve the production of terpenes.
First contracting human muscle grown in laboratory
In a laboratory first, Duke researchers have grown human skeletal muscle that contracts and responds just like native tissue to external stimuli such as electrical pulses, biochemical signals and pharmaceuticals.
Something old, something new: Evolution and the structural divergence of duplicate genes
Forensic speciation: Splicing genetic and phylogenic trees of life
Alan Turing's 1950s tiger stripe theory proved
Researchers from King's College London have provided the first experimental evidence confirming a great British mathematician's theory of how biological patterns such as tiger stripes or leopard spots are ...
Screening plants for potential natural products
Humans have been making use of plants for as long as there have been humans and plants. The actual cultivation of plants for food and other products began with the Neolithic Revolution some 12,000 years ago ...
Communication channel between cells and machines paves way toward bio-hybrid robots
Gene sequencing bacterial strains that degrade a prolific toxic compound in water and soils
Researchers have successfully isolated three strains of Dehalococcoides—bacteria capable of degrading polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)—as well as characterizing the three strains to pinpoint the exact ...
Friendly Fungi: Elucidating the fungal biosynthesis of stipitatic acid
Plants do sums to get through the night, researchers show
(Phys.org) —New research shows that to prevent starvation at night, plants perform accurate arithmetic division. The calculation allows them to use up their starch reserves at a constant rate so that they ...
Mapping the maize genome
Positional cloning is a genetic mapping technique used to pinpoint the location of specific traits of interest, such as disease-causing genes or mutations, within the genome. Very simply, this map-based technique ...
30,000-year-old virus from permafrost is reborn
French scientists said Monday they had revived a giant but harmless virus that had been locked in the Siberian permafrost for more than 30,000 years.
Genes ex silico: Computer-designed virus yields phenotype expression benefits
Researchers identify algae-virus DNA in humans
(Phys.org) —The DNA of a virus once thought confined to the cells of algae may in fact invade the biological kingdom of mice and men, according to a new study from researchers at Johns Hopkins and UNL.