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A French Teenager Turned the Bible and Quran into DNA and Injected Them into His Body
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A French Teenager Turned the Bible and Quran into DNA and Injected Them into His Body

31.12.2018   |   Press monitoring

A kid in France transcribed parts of the Hebrew book of Genesis and the Arabic-language Quran, into DNA and injected them into his body — one text into each thigh. Adrien Locatelli, a 16-year-old high school student, posted a paper Dec. 3 on the preprint server OS, in which he claimed, "It is the first time that someone injects himself...

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Modified ivy uses synthetic rabbit gene to clean the air
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Modified ivy uses synthetic rabbit gene to clean the air

28.12.2018   |   Press monitoring

While it's true that houseplants do help clean the air within a home, it is estimated that over 20 plants per room would be required to make an appreciable difference. That likely wouldn't be the case with a new genetically-modified ivy, however, which has proven to be highly effective at removing toxic chloroform and benzene from the air. A...

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Growing bio-inspired shapes with hundreds of tiny robots

21.12.2018   |   Press monitoring

Hundreds of small robots can work in a team to create biology-inspired shapes without an underlying master plan, purely based on local communication and movement. To achieve this, researchers from EMBL, CRG and Bristol Robotics Laboratory introduced the biological principles of self-organisation to swarm robotics. The results have been published...

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Scientists create bee vaccine to fight off insect apocalypse
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Scientists create bee vaccine to fight off insect apocalypse

19.12.2018   |   Press monitoring

Scientists in Finland have developed what they believe is the world's first vaccine to protect bees against disease, raising hopes for tackling the drastic decline in insect numbers which could cause a global food crisis. Bees are vital for growing the world's food as they help fertilise three out of four crops around the globe, by transferring...

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Tumor organoids may speed cancer treatment
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Tumor organoids may speed cancer treatment

17.12.2018   |   Press monitoring

Collecting cancer cells from patients and growing them into 3-D mini tumors could make it possible to quickly screen large numbers of potential drugs for ultra-rare cancers. Preliminary success with a new high-speed, high-volume approach is already guiding treatment decisions for some patients with recurring hard-to-treat cancers. “Believe it or...

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New CRISPR technique could prevent obesity without cutting or editing a genome

14.12.2018   |   Press monitoring

An exciting new study from researchers at UC San Francisco has demonstrated how a new kind of CRISPR technique can increase the expression of certain genes, instead of the more traditional technique of actively cutting or editing DNA. The method was tested in mice by targeting two genes associated with hunger, with the animals reducing their food...

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Researchers reverse engineer way pine trees produce green chemicals worth billions
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Researchers reverse engineer way pine trees produce green chemicals worth billions

12.12.2018   |   Press monitoring

Washington State University researchers have reverse engineered the way a pine tree produces a resin, which could serve as an environmentally friendly alternative to a range of fossil-fuel based products worth billions of dollars. Mark Lange and colleagues in the Institute for Biological Chemistry literally dissected the machinery by which...

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Google’s DeepMind aces protein folding
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Google’s DeepMind aces protein folding

10.12.2018   |   Press monitoring

Turns out mastering chess and Go was just for starters. On 2 December, the Google-owned artificial intelligence firm DeepMind took top honors in the 13th Critical Assessment of Structure Prediction (CASP), a biannual competition aimed at predicting the 3D structure of proteins. The contest worked like this: Competing teams were given the linear...

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Promising antibiotic derived from wasp venom
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Promising antibiotic derived from wasp venom

7.12.2018   |   Press monitoring

As harmful bacteria continue to become resistant to standard antibiotics, it gets increasingly important to come up with alternatives. With that in mind, scientists at MIT have looked to a species of wasp, and found an effective antibiotic in its venom. It was already known that wasp and bee venom contains peptides (short chains of linked amino...

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Inactivating genes can boost crop genetic diversity
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Inactivating genes can boost crop genetic diversity

5.12.2018   |   Press monitoring

Researchers from CIRAD and INRA recently showed that inactivating a gene, RECQ4, leads to a three-fold increase in recombination in crops such as rice, pea and tomato. The gene inhibits the exchange of genetic material via recombination (crossover) during the sexual reproduction process in crops. This discovery, published in the journal Nature...

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