Farmers want to use gene drive, with the aim to eradicate the spotted-wing drosophila fruit fly. This is a scary prospect because, as I’ve posted before, the gene drive targets species-wide changes but because of its virulent nature could have unintended consequences.
Researchers have identified additional genes associated with homosexuality in men. The genes are expressed in chromosones 13, 14, and 8.
a deep learning technology to reconstruct the true genome sequence from HTS sequencer data with significantly greater accuracy than previous classical methods
Scientists have modified CRISPR/Cas9 to treat diabetes, kidney disease, and muscular dystrophy in mice without cutting DNA. Cutting DNA potentially introduces genetic mutations. This new development that overcomes a major hurdle to applying this treatment to humans.
Fresh from science fiction land, today’s scientists give you thegene drive, a gene editing technology. And boy is it scary:
Because gene drives rapidly spread genetic modifications through animal populations, they have the potential to alter entire species and wipe out diseases such as malaria. Unlike conventional genetically modified crops or animals, organisms carrying gene drives are designed to move across international borders.
Study compares the number of neurons among carnivorans. Verdict: dogs have more neurons, and this means “…dogs have the biological capability of doing much more complex and flexible things with their lives than cats can.”
A researcher found that kidneys can smell and that this ability is exclusively used by gut bacteria in feeding, in turn helping to regulate blood pressure. Mind blown.
Sex is an accelerant, firing the neurons that release dopamine, oxytocin and other chemicals linked to pair-bonding and LOVE.
The Earth Microbiome Project is a massively collaborative effort to characterize microbial life on earth.
Urban apiculture is a recent phenomenon: instead of raising bees out in farms, amateur beekeepers are raising them in cities.