Genetics & Molecular Biology

Obese People Show DNA Methylation Related To Liver Disease

DNA methylation is a molecular process that helps enable our bodies to repair themselves, fight infection, and get rid of environmental toxins, but new research has shown one way it can go awry: Obesity.  Scholars identified how DNA methylation is associa ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 19 2018 - 10:00am

Groundcherries Are Just The Start: CRISPR May Popularize A Food Future You Haven't Heard Of Yet

Few people have heard of the groundcherry because during legacy days of agriculture, when foods had to be optimized for various regions as easily as possible, it fared poorly compared to other farming crops due to undesirable characteristics, like falling ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 1 2018 - 7:24pm

Meatable Can Make Beef From A Single Cell- If Activists Don't Kill The Company First

It takes a few years, a lot of grain and even more water to make a steer big enough to send to market- a company wants to get that process down to a few weeks.  ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 2 2018 - 7:55pm

Carboxylase Plus Gene Editing Leads To Unusual Antibiotic

A biosynthetic pathway in bacteria includes a a carboxylase enzyme which adds CO 2 to a precursor molecule, producing a highly unusual antibiotic called malonomycin. Unchecked antibiotic resistance could result in an estimated 10 million deaths every year ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 26 2018 - 6:31pm

Science 2.0 Explains: What Is RNAi?

In 8,000 B.C., when there were only about 10 million people on the entire planet, the boom and bust of famine and feast and wondering when the next meal would be was already a cultural concern.  And so agriculture was created. Mankind set out to do genetic ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 30 2018 - 12:20pm

With CRISPR, Let's Not Make The Cultural Mistakes Of Stem Cells All Over Again

When Dr. He Jiankui announced that he had used CRISPR to prevent future HIV infection in twin girls, there was outrage across the United States, but most of it had nothing to do with science. It was instead concern that a mad scientist with suspect ethics ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Dec 4 2018 - 2:53pm

The 1970s GMO- Insulin

It may seem like olden days to millennials, but the late 1970s were a lot like today. America was divided due to an unpopular President, gas was expensive, the movie industry was at death's door... and genetic engineering was a big concern. ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Dec 12 2018 - 12:21pm

Genetically Different

Whenever we talk about people and how they behave on a certain environment there seems to be a general consensus in the way it should be. Society summarizes the sum of individuals, and bring with it a single framework from which every person can work from ...

Article - Ana Maria Mora - Dec 18 2018 - 6:30pm

Degradasome: Mitochondrial Instability Knowledge Could Lead To Breakthrough For Devastating Childhood Diseases

Though mitochondria, the energy factories of our cells, are the root of numerous diseases, including thousands in children each year, funding for such diseases is scant compared to heart or breast cancers or other medical issues. That may be because it is ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 3 2019 - 11:32am

The Genetic Reason You May Be A Morning Or Night Person

Do you prefer to rise early with the lark or stay up late with the owl? Your preference turns out to be partly decided by your genes. Our genetic study of nearly 700,000 people has revealed new insights about the genetics of chronotype – our preference to ...

Article - The Conversation - Jan 30 2019 - 6:00am