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Explaining genetic modification research

What do bananas and cavoodles have in common? They're both lovely, yellowy and have been produced by genetic manipulation.

Understanding the genomic modifications in transgenic papaya

The transgenic papaya "SunUp" was developed in the 1990s and was widely publicized because of its ability to resist the papaya ringspot virus. Although researchers had identified the genomic sequence of SunUp by 2008, it ...

An arms race that plays out in a single genome

Biological arms races are commonplace in nature. Cheetahs, for example, have evolved a sleek body form that lends itself to rapid running, enabling them to feast upon similarly speedy gazelles, the fastest of which may evade ...

Leveraging AI to work with cells

One of the ultimate goals of medical science is to develop personalized disease diagnostics and therapeutics. With a patient's genetic information, doctors could tailor treatments to individuals, leading to safer and more ...

Gene editing now possible in ticks

Researchers have successfully used CRISPR-Cas9 to edit the genomes of the black-legged tick. To accomplish this feat, they developed an embryo injection protocol that overcame a major barrier in the field. The work appears ...

Form, function and a deadly fungus

In 2009, a microorganism known asĀ Candida aurisĀ emerged seemingly from thin air.

Male-biased protein expression discovered in fruit flies

Fruit flies (Drosophila) are important model organisms for biological research. Molecular tools exist that can turn on (or induce) gene expression in fruit flies, allowing researchers to learn more about the functions of ...

A microscopic worm may shed light on how we perceive gravity

While humans rely on gravity for balance and orientation, the mechanisms by which we actually sense this fundamental force are largely unknown. Odder still, the model organism C. elegans, a microscopic worm, can also sense ...

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