Biology - Biotechnology news

Tasmanian devil's genome sequenced

A revolutionary species-preservation approach based on whole-genome analyses of two Tasmanian devils -- one that had died of a contagious cancer known as Devil Facial Tumor Disease (DFTD) and one healthy animal ...

Jun 27, 2011 4.8 / 5 (5) 4 | with audio podcast

Blue light enables genes to turn on

(Medical Xpress) -- With a combination of synthetic biology and optogenetics, researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute for Technology published a paper in Science outlining their new technique which enable ...

Jun 24, 2011 4.9 / 5 (10) 0 | with audio podcast report

A knockout resource for mouse genetics

An international consortium of researchers report today in Nature that they have knocked out almost 40 per cent of the genes in the mouse genome. The completed resource will power studies of gene activity in models of hum ...

Jun 15, 2011 5 / 5 (2) 0 | with audio podcast

Turning plants into power houses

(PhysOrg.com) -- "I have a slide that has a photo of a cornfield and a big photovoltaic array," says Robert Blankenship, a scientist who studies photosynthesis at Washington University in St. Louis. "When ...

May 12, 2011 5 / 5 (4) 2 | with audio podcast