Researchers use virus to reveal nanopore physics
Nanopores may one day lead a revolution in DNA sequencing. By sliding DNA molecules one at a time through tiny holes in a thin membrane, it may be possible to decode long stretches of DNA at lightning speeds. ...
Cricket fertility found to improve with age
UWA scientists researching the seminal fluid of field crickets (teleogryllus oceanicus) are a step closer to knowing why the insect's competitive fertilisation success increases with age.
New tool helps annotate plant genes more quickly
Since the first plant genome sequence was obtained for the plant Arabidopsis in 2000, scientists have gene-sequenced everything from cannabis to castor bean.
Design of self-assembling protein nanomachines starts to click
(Phys.org) —A route for constructing protein nanomachines engineered for specific applications may be closer to reality.
Materials scientists turn to collagen
(Phys.org) —Miniature scaffolds made from collagen – the 'glue' that holds our bodies together – are being used to heal damaged joints, and could be used to develop new cancer therapies or help repair ...
Genome sequences show how lemurs fight infection
The young lemur named Eugenius started to get sick. Very sick. He was lethargic, losing weight and suffering from diarrhea. Duke Lemur Center veterinarians soon pinpointed the cause of his illness: Eugenius ...
Solving the puzzle of a clever fungus
(Phys.org) —Scientists from the CSIRO and UWA's Institute of Agriculture (IOA), with financial aid from the Grains Research and Development Corporation, have sequenced the genome of a strain of the common ...
New mobile application enables DNA analysis on the go
Researchers from A*STAR's Bioinformatics Institute (BII) have developed the first mobile application for Android phones that analyses ab1 DNA sequencing files, which enables science professionals and amateur ...
Extensive cataloging of human proteins uncovers 193 never known to exist
Striving for the protein equivalent of the Human Genome Project, an international team of researchers has created an initial catalog of the human "proteome," or all of the proteins in the human body. In total, ...
Genome analysis reveals how algae evolved into land plants
By analysing the genome of a terrestrial alga, a research group including researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Kazusa DNA Research Institute and RIKEN reveal the presence of genes that enable plants ...
Breakthrough shows how DNA is 'edited' to correct genetic diseases
An international team of scientists has made a major step forward in our understanding of how enzymes 'edit' genes, paving the way for correcting genetic diseases in patients.
Researchers study the genetics and biology of Brassica crop species
Scientists at the University of York have contributed to a new study which represents a significant step forward in understanding the molecular processes which underpin the evolution of genomes in Brassica species.
Untangling whole genomes of individual species from a microbial mix
A new approach to studying microbes in the wild will allow scientists to sequence the genomes of individual species from complex mixtures. It marks a big advance for understanding the enormous diversity of ...
'Aliens of sea' provide new insight into evolution
Exotic sea creatures called comb jellies may reshape how scientists view early evolution—as their genes suggest nature created more than one way to make a nervous system.