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Engineering a better biofuel

While the bacteria E. coli is often considered a bad bug, researchers commonly use laboratory-adapted E. coli that lacks the features that can make humans sick, but can grow just as fast. That same quality allows it to transform ...

dateAug 10, 2016 in Biotechnology
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DNA dominos on a chip

Normally, individual molecules of genetic material repel each other. However, when space is limited DNA molecules must be packed together more tightly. This case arises in sperm, cell nuclei and the protein shells of viruses. ...

dateAug 09, 2016 in Biotechnology
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Navigating the human genome with Sequins

Australian genomics researchers have announced the development of Sequins—synthetic 'mirror' DNA sequences that reflect the human genome. This intuitive new technology, which can be used to better map and analyse complexity ...

dateAug 08, 2016 in Biotechnology
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Hushing the X chromosome

Early in the development of female embryos, a crucial event occurs in all cells: An X chromosome is silenced. Whereas males have only one X chromosome, females have two—which means they can have twice as many proteins generated ...

dateAug 08, 2016 in Biotechnology
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Sunflowers move by the clock

It's summertime, and the fields of Yolo County are filled with ranks of sunflowers, dutifully watching the rising sun. At the nearby University of California, Davis, plant biologists have now discovered how sunflowers use ...

dateAug 04, 2016 in Biotechnology
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