A carnivorous plant's prized genetic treasures, unveiled
May 15, 2017
The carnivorous humped bladderwort plant is a sophisticated predator. Living in swamps and ponds, it uses vacuum pressure to suck prey into tiny traps at breathtaking speeds of under a millisecond.
What silver fir aDNA can tell us about Neolithic forests
May 08, 2017
A new technique makes it possible to cost-effectively analyse genetic material from fossil plant and animal remains. Researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL and the universities ...
Using rooster testes to learn how the body fights viruses
Apr 27, 2017
Our bodies are constantly under siege by foreign invaders; viruses, bacteria and parasites that want to infiltrate our cells. A new study in the journal eLife sheds light on how germ cells - sperm and egg - protect themselves ...
The new method of analysis in record high speed DNA assay device
Apr 14, 2017
Molecular diagnostics plays an increasingly important role in medicine for the detection of genetic diseases, the monitoring of the effectiveness of anti-cancer therapy, and in the fight against aggressive bacterial infections. ...
Nuclear architecture emerges at the awakening of the genome
Apr 06, 2017
The DNA molecules in each one of the cells in a person's body, if laid end to end, would measure approximately two metres in length. Remarkably, however, cells are able to fold and compact their genetic material in the confined ...
Powers of attraction could decimate deadly starfish
Apr 05, 2017
An American who fell in love with both the Great Barrier Reef and his wife via The University of Queensland has led a breakthrough discovery that could protect one of the Seven Natural Wonders. Husband-and-wife Professor ...
Molecular structure of the cell nucleoskeleton revealed for the first time
Mar 01, 2017
Using 3-D electron microscopy, structural biologists from the University of Zurich succeeded in elucidating the architecture of the lamina of the cell nucleus at molecular resolution for the first time. This scaffold stabilizes ...
Researchers are first to see DNA 'blink'
Feb 17, 2017
Many of the secrets of cancer and other diseases lie in the cell's nucleus. But getting way down to that level—to see and investigate the important genetic material housed there—requires creative thinking and extremely ...
Father's diet impacts on son's ability to reproduce, study finds
Feb 17, 2017
New research involving Monash University biologists has debunked the view that males just pass on genetic material and not much else to their offspring. Instead, it found a father's diet can affect their son's ability ...
Nanoparticle screen could speed up drug development
Feb 08, 2017
Many scientists are pursuing ways to treat disease by delivering DNA or RNA that can turn a gene on or off. However, a major obstacle to progress in this field has been finding ways to safely deliver that genetic material ...