Chinese hazelnut: The newest piece in the hazelnut genome puzzle

Humans have been breeding plants for their economic value for thousands of years. Traditionally, plant breeding techniques included cumbersome and time-consuming techniques like grafting and hybridization to enhance traits ...

Intelligent software tackles plant cell jigsaw puzzle

Imagine working on a jigsaw puzzle with so many pieces that even the edges seem indistinguishable from others at the puzzle's center. And to make matters worse, the pieces are not only numerous, but ever-changing. In fact, ...

Placing another piece in the dark matter puzzle

Very little is known about the exact nature of dark matter. Currently, some of the most promising dark matter candidates are extremely light bosonic particles such as axions, axion-like particles or even dark photons. "These ...

Reading the dark heart of chromosomes

Although the genomes of thousands of plant and animal species have been sequenced, for most of these genomes a significant portion is missing—the highly repetitive DNA. In the midst of these mysterious genome compartments ...

Completing the drug design jigsaw

A powerful new way of analysing how drugs interact with molecules in the body could aid the design of better treatments with fewer side-effects.

Researchers detail one of the biggest proteins ever found

A bacterium living in the icy-cold waters of Antarctica manages to survive by gripping on to the ice surface. The protein used by the bacterium to do this—a kind of extendable anchor—has been detailed by a group of researchers ...

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