Tag Archives: Genetics

Unscrambling the tale of an astronaut’s genes

My Twitter feed was buzzing this week with reports that Scott Kelly’s genes were knocked permanently out of phase because he spent a year in space. Some of the reports made it sound as if Scott Kelly was no longer the … Continue reading

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DNA sequencer in space solves a mystery

NASA isn’t saying it’s aliens — but the space agency is touting its ability to identify organisms using the first DNA sequencer in orbit. Oxford Nanopore Technologies’ palm-sized MiniON sequencer was sent up to the International Space Station last year, and it’s … Continue reading

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Semi-synthetic bacteria make ‘alien’ protein

Researchers have reached a new milestone in their effort to expand the genetic alphabet of life by designing a strain of E. coli bacteria that creates proteins unlike anything cells can produce naturally. The technique, detailed in a paper published today … Continue reading

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Fred Hutch’s chief enlists techies to fight cancer

The president and director of Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Gary Gilliland, is bringing big-data experts on board to make good on his controversial prediction that there could be cures and therapies for “most, if not all, human cancers” by 2025. Those … Continue reading

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Gene editing fixes flaw linked to bad hearts

Researchers from Oregon Health and Science University provided the details today on an experiment with human embryos that demonstrated how gene editing can repair a genetic flaw linked to heart disease. The outlines of the experiment were reported last week, but … Continue reading

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Oregon team edits genes in human embryos

Chinese researchers crossed a threshold last year when they used CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tools to modify human embryos, and now Oregon researchers have reportedly crossed it as well. A report in MIT Technology Review suggests that the team at Oregon Health and Science University in … Continue reading

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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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