Genetics & Molecular Biology

Mitochondrial Dysfunction- The Genetic Disease That Gets Little Funding Or Coverage

Mitochondrial dysfunction, which leads to rare genetic disorders in children, some forms of heart disease, and most likely some cases of Parkinson’s disease, is bewildering in the variety and complexity of problems it can cause.  Mitochondria are, after al ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 30 2017 - 9:04am

CRISPR Plus SCNT Leads To Tuberculosis-Resistant Cows In China

CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing technology, a way to generate very precise gene knock-out kits, has now been used to produce cows with resistance to bovine tuberculosis. Bovine TB, caused by Mycobacterium bovis, can be transmitted from livestock to humans, primar ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 1 2017 - 10:29am

The Genetics Of Human Height Revealed

A large-scale international study involving 700,000 participants has revealed 83 genetic variations controlling human height.  ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 1 2017 - 4:21pm

The Hard Science Behind The Non-Browning Arctic Apple

With the availability of Arctic Apples around the corner, there are a lot of questions swirling about how the browning is suppressed when the apple is exposed to air.   The browning process has great implications for the value of fruits and fruit products. ...

Article - Kevin M. Folta - Feb 7 2017 - 8:59am

More Research For Next Level Asperger Enhanced Thinking And Donald Trump

Genetic variants linked to autism spectrum disorders (ASD) contribute to enhanced cognition and are therefore positively selected in spite of the problems they also bring along – new evidence has just been published in PLOS Genetics [1]. The problems these ...

Article - Sascha Vongehr - Feb 28 2017 - 3:46am

Before Mitochondria: An Enzyme-Free Krebs Cycle?

Metabolism, the set of processes through which we gain energy from food and produce the biomolecules we need in our body's cells, is universal to life. The biochemical pathways that underpin these processes are highly similar across all organisms and ...

Article - News Staff - Mar 13 2017 - 2:48pm

Stand Up For Science! The FDA Wants Your Opinions On Genome Editing In Plants

In case you haven’t been keeping up-to-date with the latest news in the biotechnology regulatory system (and how could you not?), the system is under revision. As part of the new Coordinated Framework the FDA stated it would clarify how it will deal with t ...

Article - Nathaniel Graham - Mar 16 2017 - 12:12pm

Cystic Fibrosis And The Mechanism Of Mucus

People with cystic fibrosis suffer repeated lung infections because their airway mucus is too thick and sticky to keep bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens from causing chronic infection. How mucus becomes abnormal in cystic fibrosis airways has never be ...

Article - News Staff - Mar 23 2017 - 11:32am

Separate Evolution: Men, Women, And Gene Expression

Though men and women obviously differ, that has become muddled in the name of equality. Drug reactions are different, obviously one gender gives birth to children.  A new study shows there are still many similarities, but also a whole lot of biological dif ...

Article - News Staff - May 3 2017 - 4:04pm

CRISPR Gene Editing May Cause Unintended Mutations

A new paper found that the gene-editing technology CRISPR-Cas9 can introduce hundreds of unintended mutations into the genome, important as it starts to move into clinical trials.  CRISPR-Cas9 editing technology—by virtue of its speed and unprecedented pre ...

Article - News Staff - May 31 2017 - 9:23am