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How the Eastern tiger swallowtail got 'scary'

As butterflies go, the Eastern tiger swallowtail is pretty scary. Their caterpillars look more like stubby snakes, complete with a fake green head, faux black and yellow eyes, and an orange, forked, fleshy ...

dateFeb 12, 2015 in Biotechnology
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Improving accuracy in genome editing

Imagine a day when scientists are able to alter the DNA of organisms in the lab in the search for answers to a host of questions. Or imagine a day when doctors treat genetic disorders by administering drugs ...

dateApr 23, 2015 in Biochemistry
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Viral switches share a shape

A hinge in the RNA genome of the virus that causes hepatitis C works like a switch that can be flipped to prevent it from replicating in infected cells. Scientists have discovered that this shape is shared by several other ...

dateOct 27, 2014 in Biochemistry
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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 ...

dateJan 20, 2015 in Biotechnology
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