Tag Archives: Genetics

Genetic code harnessed as digital circuitry

Researchers from the University of Washington have taken advantage of synthetic biology to turn yeast cells into building blocks for digital information processing. The experiment, described today in Nature Communications, turned the cells’ genetic code into NOR logic gates suitable for … Continue reading

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Diarrhea linked to telomere troubles later in life

Frequent bouts of diarrhea can be bad news for babies, even decades later: A new study has found a correlation between childhood infections and significant shortening of telomeres, a phenomenon that’s linked to the cellular aging process. The findings, published today in … Continue reading

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Genes edited to create color-coded stem cells

Researchers in Seattle have taken advantage of two of the hottest trends in biotech – cell reprogramming and CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing – to create human stem cells that glow as they turn into different tissue types. The Allen Institute for Cell Science … Continue reading

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DNA sequenced in space for the first time

NASA biologist-astronaut Kate Rubins performed the first DNA sequencing experiment in space over the weekend, using a miniaturized device that was delivered to the International Space Station just last month. The palm-sized MiniON DNA sequencer, built by Oxford Nanopore Technologies, could eventually open … Continue reading

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How evolution played a role in autism genes

One of the biggest genetic differences between humans and other members of the primate family tree, including Neanderthals, predisposes people to a type of autism. The stretch of DNA appears to be an important piece of the human genome, but why? … Continue reading

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Monkey genes shed light on brain mysteries

A project led by Seattle’s Allen Institute for Brain Science has mapped out how genes get fired up in key areas of a rhesus monkey’s brain as it develops – and the results could help researchers unlock the mysteries surrounding autism, microcephaly, … Continue reading

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How health care will change in 10 years

Good news: Arivale co-founder Leroy Hood says he can “almost guarantee” there’ll be ways to keep yourself physically and mentally fit into your 90s. “You’re going to have to decide on your own what to do after that,” he jokes. That … Continue reading

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