Tagged: genomes

Ducks, domestication, and selection’s signature - BioBlog

Alison Campbell Jul 18, 2018

I’ve always rather liked ducks, ever since we hand-reared some ducklings back when I was still a school-kid. Mind you, the innocent me of those days didn’t know what I know now about the effects of sperm competition and sexual selection on their reproductive organs. (Those of an enquiring mind will learn more – much more! – in this … Read More

DNA facial prediction could make protecting your privacy more difficult - Guest Work

Guest Author May 03, 2018

Caitlin Curtis, The University of Queensland and James Hereward, The University of Queensland This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Technologies for amplifying, sequencing and matching DNA have created new opportunities in genomic science. In this series When DNA Talks we look at the ethical and social implications. Everywhere … Read More

DNA shows tiny tardigrades are just as cool as we thought - News

Jean Balchin Jul 28, 2017

New genome sequences have revealed exciting new information about the origins of tardigrades as well as the genes that underlie their extraordinary ability to survive in extreme conditions.  A team of researchers led by Mark Blaxter and Kazuharu Arakawa from the universities of Edinburgh, Scotland and Keio, Japan respectively, have carefully stitched together the DNA code for two … Read More

Can we harness bacteria to help clean up future oil spills? - Guest Work

Guest Author Jun 27, 2016

By Nina Dombrowski, University of Texas at Austin and Brett J. Baker, University of Texas at Austin In 2010 the Deepwater Horizon oil spill released an estimated 4.2 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico – the largest offshore spill in U.S. history. The spill caused widespread damage to marine species, … Read More

Monday Micro – whole genome sequencing untangles the history of leprosy - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Jun 17, 2013

As David Winter sets out to blog about the exciting Tuatara sequencing project, just in time for Monday Micro comes news that scientists have used sequencing to untangle a little more of the history of leprosy. Just in case you need reminding, leprosy*, also known as Hansen’s disease, is caused by the extremely … Read More

Structured Procrastination, 17-Jan-2013 (Science should end, etc.) - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jan 18, 2013

(A handful of stories for readers to try.) Science should end. In a follow-on from #overlyhonestmethods (overly honest methods), there is Scientists conclude: ‘No further research is needed’. Teaser: ‘A new paper published in Science has concluded that no further research is needed. The announcement, made in the discussion section of the paper, comes as shock … Read More