Team advances genome editing technique
Customized genome editing – the ability to edit desired DNA sequences to add, delete, activate or suppress specific genes – has major potential for application in medicine, biotechnology, food and agriculture.
Blind cave fish may provide insight on eye disease and other human health issues
Blind cave fish may not be the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to understanding human sight, but recent research indicates they may have quite a bit to teach us about the causes of many human ...
High-speed evolution in the lab – Geneticists evaluate cost-effective genome analysis
Life implies change. And this holds true for genes as well. Organisms require a flexible genome in order to adapt to changes in the local environment. Christian Schlötterer and his team from the Institute ...
How a molecular Superman protects the genome from damage
How many times have we seen Superman swoop down from the heavens and rescue a would-be victim from a rapidly oncoming train?
Swiss scientists explain evolution of extreme parasites
Extreme adaptations of species often cause such significant changes that their evolutionary history is difficult to reconstruct. Zoologists at the University of Basel in Switzerland have now discovered a ...
Automating the selection process for a genome assembler
A repository of genome assemblers is being developed to automate the process of selecting the best assembler for the task at hand.