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RCas9: A programmable RNA editing tool

A powerful scientific tool for editing the DNA instructions in a genome can now also be applied to RNA, the molecule that translates DNA's genetic instructions into the production of proteins. A team of researchers ...

Oct 03, 2014
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Cattle code cracked in detail

By creating a global database an international consortium of scientists has increased the detailed knowledge of the variation in the cattle genome by several orders of magnitude. The first generation of the ...

Oct 03, 2014
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The truth about the war on wheat

If you believe the best-seller lists, the biggest bad in the supermarket aisles is not fat or sodium or sugar, but wheat. We have been warned that eating wheat makes our bellies fatter and triggers diseases ...

Oct 03, 2014
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Exclusion fencing vital to relocation success

The successful reintroduction of brushtail possums to the Wheatbelt has been attributed to a habitat free from foxes, feral cats and other possums, with plenty of tree hollows and rock crevices.

Oct 03, 2014
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Escape from an evolutionary cul-de-sac

Passion flowers with long nectar tubes depend entirely on the sword-billed hummingbird for pollination. However, as a new study by LMU researchers shows, the evolution of even such extreme specialization ...

Oct 03, 2014
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