Genetics & Molecular Biology

Genetically Rescued Organism: Eucalyptus That Can't Be An Invasive Species

Eucalyptus trees are a pest-resistant evergreen that produce good lumber and oil that wealthy elites in the "wellness" marketplace buy- they are also an invasive species. A new paper shows how scientists used CRISPR-Cas9 to knock out LEAFY, the m ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 8 2021 - 1:31pm

This Malaria Preventing Mosquito Is Not A GMO But Is A Science Boost For Nature- Will Activists Want To Block It?

Mosquitoes like Aedes aegypti don't have any value ecologically. If Thanos snapped them out of existence tomorrow there is nothing they do that won't immediately be taken up by 3,000 other mosquito species, not to mention 25,000 bee species when ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Apr 20 2021 - 6:01am

Cheese Is Already GMO, Consumers Now Also Want Real Cheese With No Cows Involved At All

Cheese and insulin are two products most people don't realize were GMOs long before they became the target of anti-science groups. GMOs were instead embraced by activists like Rachel Carson, who saw them as a way to produce a lot more of things like i ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 25 2021 - 10:09am

14 People Can Claim They Are Related To Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci had no children but he has relatives.  A new study shows how many and corrects some genealogical errors and documents the continuous male line, from father to son, of the Da Vinci family (later Vinci), from progenitor Michele (born 1331) ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 6 2021 - 9:28am

Neanderthal And Denisovan African Origin, Eurasian Dispersal, And Interbreeding With Early Homo Sapiens Confirmed

A recent blood group analysis of three Neanderthals and one Denisovan confirm their African origin, Eurasian dispersal, and interbreeding with early Homo sapiens. Intriguingly, it also added evidence of low genetic diversity and possible demographic fragil ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 28 2021 - 1:01pm

Coconut Products Are A Huge Fad But Trees Are Slow To Grow- Science Will Fix That

The coconut is the sixth most cultivated fruit on earth and thanks to fads around things like coconut oil and water, demand continues to rise. Growing products that rich people want is great for developing nations but they face challenges. Trees grow slowl ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 15 2021 - 2:32pm

Researchers Have Found A Wine Grape Once So Prized No One Genetically Modified It For 900 Years

Researchers set out to find a wine grape so popular no one wanted to change it.  And they did, thanks to a genetic database of modern grapevines and 28 archaeological seeds from French sites dating back to the Iron Age. They discovered that Savagnin Blanc ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Sep 23 2021 - 1:38pm

Will Climate Change Also Change The Taste Of Coffee?

Did french fries taste better when they were cooked in fat? How about Coca-Cola when it was made with cane sugar or Fritos when they were salty? People will insist they can tell the difference and they probably can, but sales show that different is not wor ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 26 2021 - 4:59pm

Ribosomes And Nuclear Pores: Researchers Film Fundamental Life Process

All proteins in a cell are assembled by complicated molecular machines. The cell nucleus is a kind of vault: It is located in the cell and guards the DNA, which contains the building instructions for all the cell's proteins. When the cell needs a prot ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 27 2021 - 3:44pm

Genetic Engineering Could Protect Endangered Species That Can't Survive In Nature

Around the world, populations of many beloved species are declining at increasing rates. According to one grim projection, as many as 40% of the world’s species may be extinct by 2050. Alarmingly, many of these declines are caused by threats for which few ...

Article - The Conversation - Jan 27 2022 - 9:08am