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April 25, 2017

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April 25, 2017

Discovery of a New Regulatory Protein Provides New Tool for Stem Cell Engineering

Mar. 28, 2017 — Bioengineers have discovered a protein that regulates the switch of embryonic stem cells from the least developed 'naïve' state to the more developed 'primed' state. This ... read more

Modifying Fat Content in Soybean Oil With the Molecular Scissors Cpf1

Feb. 16, 2017 — Successful inactivation of two genes in soybean using ... read more

Genetically Modified Insects Could Disrupt International Food Trade

Feb. 1, 2017 — Genetically modified organisms for pest control could end up as contaminants in agricultural products throughout the ... read more

Researchers Explore Essential Cell Behavior With Crystal Sensor

Jan. 31, 2017 — A team of scientists has developed a new tool to monitor under a microscope how cells attach to an adjacent substrate. Studying adhesion events can help researchers understand how tissues grow, how ... read more

Jan. 23, 2017 — Scientists have announced the development of the first stable semisynthetic ... read more

Jan. 20, 2017 — A new technique will help biologists tinker with genes, whether the goal is to turn cells into tiny factories churning out medicines, modify crops to grow with limited water or study the effects of a ... read more

Pig Gene Advance Could Boost Sperm Stocks from Prized Animals

Jan. 13, 2017 — Gene-editing techniques could help to improve stocks of farmed pigs by boosting supplies of sperm from prized sires. Scientists have created male pigs that could be used as surrogates capable of ... read more

Jan. 11, 2017 — Scientists have performed the first all-atom molecular dynamics simulations of Cas9-catalyzed DNA cleavage in action. The simulations shed light on the process of Cas9 genome editing and helped ... read more

For Viral Predators of Bacteria, Sensitivity Can Be Contagious

Jan. 10, 2017 — Scientists have shown for the first time how bacteria with resistance to a viral predator can become susceptible to it after spending time in the company of other susceptible or 'sensitive' ... read more

Jan. 4, 2017 — Researchers have identified a mutation that prompts bacterial cells to acquire genetic memories 100 times more frequently than they do naturally. This discovery provides a powerful research tool and ... read more

Dec. 23, 2016 — A cellular gatekeeper for water molecules finds new use in magnetic resonance imaging, a new report ... read more

An Anti-CRISPR for Gene Editing

Dec. 8, 2016 — Researchers have discovered a way to program cells to inhibit CRISPR-Cas9 activity. 'Anti-CRISPR' proteins had previously been isolated from viruses that infect bacteria, but now scientists ... read more

Dec. 7, 2016 — As a plant extends its roots into the soil, the cells that form at their tips assume different roles, from transporting water to sensing gravity. A study points to one way by which these newly-formed ... read more

Dec. 5, 2016 — Plant biologists have developed a genome editing method to knockout target genes in a model plant with high efficiency. The team reports a new CRISPR/Cas9 vector for the model plant that can strongly ... read more

Modifying a Live Virus in a Vaccine to Be Just Strong Enough

Dec. 1, 2016 — By genetically tweaking the constituent live virus, scientists have created a vaccine against influenza in which the virus is capable of activating the immune system but cannot replicate in healthy ... read more

Researchers Create Synthetic Cells to Isolate Genetic Circuits

Nov. 14, 2016 — Encapsulating molecular components in artificial membranes offers more flexibility in designing circuits, report ... read more

Nov. 14, 2016 — A new helper in the fight against cancer and other diseases of the gut may be genetically altered bacteria that release medicines to tumors or the gut, report ... read more

People Who Know About Genetically Modified Food Agree With Science: They're Safe

Nov. 9, 2016 — People who know about genetically modified food agree with science, that they're safe. On the other hand, those who know plenty about global warming are cautious about the science that says ... read more

Model Predicts Elimination of GMO Crops Would Cause Hike in Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Nov. 8, 2016 — A global ban on genetically modified crops would raise food prices and add the equivalent of nearly a billion tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, a study ... read more

Changing Cell Behavior Could Boost Biofuels, Medicine

Nov. 7, 2016 — A computer scientist has developed a way to coax cells to do natural things under unnatural circumstances, which could be useful for stem cell research, gene therapy and biofuel production. A ... read more

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