Gene switch makes us look like our animal cousins

An international team of biologists has discovered how the same genes are turned on in mammals, fish and amphibians early in embryonic development, making them look incredibly similar for a brief period of time.

Researchers trace peanut crop back to its Bolivian roots

Researchers at the University of Georgia, working with the International Peanut Genome Initiative, have discovered that a wild plant from Bolivia is a "living relic" of the prehistoric origins of the cultivated peanut species.

Proposal for the assessment of new methods in plant breeding

CRISPR/Cas9 is a new method for targeted genetic changes. Together with other methods, it is part of the so-called genome editing toolbox. At the moment, genome-editing is mostly discussed in the context of medical applications, ...

Turning the volume of gene expression up and down

Gene expression can be turned on and off like a switch, or it can be finely adjusted , as with a volume control knob. Dr Garth Ilsley, research scientist in Prof. Nick Luscombe's unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and ...

Researchers uncover hypervirulent listeria clonal groups

(Phys.org)—A large team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in France has conducted a two-pronged study of the bacteria that causes listeriosis and in so doing has identified strains that are more virulent ...

Exploring the genomic basis of parasitism

The genes that cause parasitism in a group of intestinal worms, responsible for one of most prevalent tropical diseases in the developing world, have been identified by an international team of scientists, led by the University ...

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