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    Secrets of the amazing tardigrades revealed by their DNA

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories New genome sequences shed light on both the origins of the tardigrades (also known as water bears or moss piglets), and the genes that underlie their extraordinary ability to survive in extreme conditions. A team of researchers led by Mark Blaxter and … [...]

    In US first, scientists edit genes of human embryos (Update)

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories For the first time in the United States, scientists have edited the genes of human embryos, a controversial step toward someday helping babies avoid inherited diseases. [...]

    Crops that kill pests by shutting off their genes

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Plants are among many eukaryotes that can “turn off” one or more of their genes by using a process called RNA interference to block protein translation. Researchers are now weaponizing this by engineering crops to produce specific RNA fragments that, u… [...]

    Smart, soil-free microgarden lets users optimize growing conditions while cutting water and resource use

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories MIT Media Lab alumna Jennifer Broutin Farah SM ’13, CEO and co-founder of SproutsIO, has spent nearly a decade innovating in urban farming, designing small- and large-scale gardening systems that let anyone grow food, anywhere, at any time. [...]

    Researchers conduct sequencing and de novo assembly of 150 genomes in Denmark

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories (Phys.org)—A large international team of researchers has developed a Danish reference genome catalog based on the de novo assembly of 150 genomes sequenced from 50 family trios. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes the multi-year effort, its purpose, and where they believe such efforts are leading. [...]

    How plant architectures mimic subway networks

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories It might seem like a tomato plant and a subway system don’t have much in common, but both, it turns out, are networks that strive to make similar tradeoffs between cost and performance. [...]

    How scientists redesign DNA codes

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Scientists are working to create yeast that operates with custom-made DNA. [...]

    Scientists build DNA from scratch to alter life’s blueprint

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories At Jef Boeke’s lab, you can whiff an odor that seems out of place, as if they were baking bread here. [...]

    Gene therapy helps dogs with muscle dystrophy, humans next?

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Researchers have used gene editing to reverse symptoms in dogs of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD)—a muscle-wasting and life-shortening disease that affects one in 5,000 baby boys. [...]

    Gene therapy helps dogs with muscle dystrophy, humans next?

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Researchers have used gene editing to reverse symptoms in dogs of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD)—a muscle-wasting and life-shortening disease that affects one in 5,000 baby boys. [...]