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    The Engine announces investments in first group of startups

    Original @ MIT News – Aeronautical and astronautical engineering New venture launched by MIT will support “tough-tech” companies at work on transformative ideas that take time to commercialize. [...]

    Deep roots in plants driven by soil hydrology

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Searching for water, some tree roots probe hundreds of feet deep and many trees send roots through cracks in rocks, according to a new study led by a Rutgers University-New Brunswick professor. [...]

    Sheep gene study may help breed healthier animals

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Fresh insights into the genetic code of sheep could aid breeding programmes to improve their health and productivity. Scientists have mapped which genes are turned on and off in the different tissues and organs in a sheep’s body. Their findings shed ne… [...]

    Portable DNA sequencers help African farmers fight crop disease

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Scientists at The University of Western Australia are using new portable DNA sequencing technology for the first time in East Africa to help farmers fight the devastating impact of crop disease. [...]

    Testing kit identifies genetic variations without need for lab analysis

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Scheme Lab, a biotech startup incubated at the Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Technology (CIETEC), in São Paulo, Brazil, is developing genetic tests that can be used anywhere—in factories, on farms, or even at home—without the need for analysis by specialized laboratories. [...]

    Scientists tinker with gene-mapping device to make DNA editing safe

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Ilya Finkelstein chuckles when recounting the origins of the project that landed the University of Texas scientist and his colleagues in the prestigious academic journal Cell. [...]

    Research discovers a chemical-free way to keep apples fresher longer

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but the mold on it could make you sick. [...]

    Genome of orchid Apostasia shenzhenica sequenced

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories (Phys.org)—A large international team of researchers has sequenced the genome of the orchid Apostasia shenzhenica. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes the approach they used and what they learned during the process. [...]

    Breakthrough soybean research could save farmers millions

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Through a collaborative project, Purdue University and Dow AgroSciences researchers have discovered a novel soybean gene that provides resistance to a devastating and costly fungal disease. [...]

    Research finds roots use chemical ‘photos’ to coordinate growth

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Though it may look haphazard, the network of intertwining plant roots snaking through the soil actually represents a deliberate process. Root growth is guided by chemical snapshots taken by the young roots, allowing them to detect obstructions and coor… [...]