Tag: DNA

KU Leuven researchers find bacteria DNA mutates under stress

KU Leuven researchers find bacteria DNA mutates under stress

May 9, 2017 |

In Belgium, bacteria need mutations or changes in their DNA code to survive under difficult circumstances. When necessary, they can even mutate at different speeds. This is shown in a recent study by the Centre of Microbial and Plant Genetics at KU Leuven. The findings open up various new avenues for research, ranging from more efficient […]

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Belgian researchers studying bacteria mutations to boost biofuel production

Belgian researchers studying bacteria mutations to boost biofuel production

May 2, 2017 |

In Belgium, bacteria need mutations — changes in their DNA code — to survive under difficult circumstances. When necessary, they can even mutate at different speeds. This is shown in a recent study by the Centre of Microbial and Plant Genetics at KU Leuven (University of Leuven), Belgium. The findings open up various new avenues […]

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Biotech’s biggest breakthrough: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to CRISPR and Caribou Biosystems

Biotech’s biggest breakthrough: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to CRISPR and Caribou Biosystems

November 23, 2016 |

Caribou Biosciences provides solutions for cellular engineering and analysis based on the CRISPR-Cas9 technology for gene editing — a technique where DNA is inserted, replaced, or removed from a genome using artificially engineered nucleases. It’s been arguably the hottest advance in biotech, ever — and Caribou has been raising monster venture rounds as it turns this […]

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Toyota develops new DNA analysis technology to boost plant improvement

Toyota develops new DNA analysis technology to boost plant improvement

September 29, 2016 |

In Japan, Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announced it has developed a new deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) analysis technology called Genotyping by Random Amplicon Sequencing (GRAS) using analytical materials that have been provided by the Kyushu Okinawa Agricultural Research Center (KARC) of the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO). This technology is capable of dramatically improving […]

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New gene technology allows for faster feedstock modification

New gene technology allows for faster feedstock modification

May 29, 2013 |

In Massachusetts, Gen9 announced the commercial availability of GeneBytes™ DNA constructs, or gene fragments, manufactured at lengths ranging from 1,000 to 3,000 base pairs long. Scientists researching alternative energy sources, for example, are investigating ways in which certain plants can be modified to produce more material that can be turned into a biofuel. Providing longer […]

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Passing on new traits without altering DNA: new technique

Passing on new traits without altering DNA: new technique

January 31, 2012 |

In Switzerland, University of Neuchâtel researchers have demonstrated that stimulating a plant’s natural defenses also increases the capacity for disease resistance in its descendants.  Instead of working on the DNA of their model plant, Arabidopsis thaliana, the researchers worked instead on molecules located close to the DNA, and primed them with either β-amino-butyric acid or […]

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Post-natural bacteria: One of four DNA bases replaced in e.coli strain

Post-natural bacteria: One of four DNA bases replaced in e.coli strain

September 5, 2011 |

In Europe and the US, an international team of researchers have produced a viable bacterium in which one of the four DNA bases has been replaced with 5-chlorouracil.  Applied to Escherichia coli K12 strain, the researchers have developed a bacteria that requires 5-chlorouracil which is not found in nature, resulting in a bacteria that cannot […]

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