CRISPR technology brings precise genetic editing – and raises ethical questions
A group of leading biologists earlier this month called for a halt to the use of a powerful new gene editing technique on humans. Known by the acronym CRISPR, the method allows precise editing of genes for targ ...
Refined CRISPR/Cas genome editing accelerates generation of transgenic mice
Although the genome editing system known as CRISPR/Cas has revolutionized genetic research in cell lines, its overall efficiency has been relatively poor when used to generate genetically altered animals ...
Scientists call for caution in using DNA-editing technology
A group of 18 scientists and ethicists today warned that a revolutionary new tool to cut and splice DNA should be used cautiously when attempting to fix human genetic disease, and strongly discouraged any ...
Researchers develop detailed genetic map of world wheat varieties
Kansas State University scientists have released findings of a complex, two-year study of the genomic diversity of wheat that creates an important foundation for future improvements in wheat around the world.
Scientists find DNA is packaged like a yoyo
To pack two meters of DNA into a microscopic cell, the string of genetic information must be wound extremely carefully into chromosomes. Surprisingly the DNA's sequence causes it to be coiled and uncoiled ...
Life scientists streamline cutting-edge technique to edit mosquito genome
Life science researchers at Virginia Tech have accelerated a game-changing technology that's being used to study one of the planet's most lethal disease-carrying animals.
Jailbreaking yeast could amp up wine's health benefits, reduce morning-after headaches
University of Illinois scientists have engineered a "jailbreaking" yeast that could greatly increase the health benefits of wine while reducing the toxic byproducts that cause your morning-after headache.
Method to find bad mutations may improve maize crops
Cornell researchers have developed a way to predict bad mutations in the maize genome, addressing a major challenge for breeders trying to grow better crops and feed rising populations. The researchers found ...
Scientists discover new roles for viral genes in the human genome
Research on the expression of viral DNA within the human genome furthers our understanding of human evolution and embryonic development
Color-coading gene sequences in human cells
Researcher develops novel strategy to improve crops and treat diseases
A novel strategy to enhance genome editing promises to increase the efficiency of making genetic improvements in a wide range of organisms, a new study suggests.
Link identified between virus recognition, destruction in bacterial immune system
An immune system that helps bacteria combat viruses is yielding unlikely results such as the ability to edit genome sequences and potentially correct mutations that cause human disease.
Aggressive plant fungus threatens wheat production
The spread of exotic and aggressive strains of a plant fungus is presenting a serious threat to wheat production in the UK, according to research published in Genome Biology. The research uses a new survei ...
Genome's tale of 'conquer and enslave'
Toronto scientists uncovered how viral remnants helped shape control of our genes.