Category Archives: Genetics

Evolution Does Not Take Eons

Fifty years will do nicely. Talk about a quick learner: in just 50 years, a fish has evolved a resistance to toxic chemicals polluting its Hudson River home, a new study finds. Hudson River Fish Evolves to Live With PCBs … Continue reading

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Mexican Jumping Genes

Researchers have found a large cluster of genes which jumped directly from one species of fungus to another, the first time such a horizontal transfer has been seen in organisms more complex than bacteria. The tree of life just got … Continue reading

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Alfalfastein

The USDA has announced that if will allow the planting of genetically modified alfalfa. Fast Company explains how that could destroy the organic beef and milk industry. Alfalfa pollen is notorious for flying all over the place, which means that … Continue reading

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Ghost Buster Plants

A government-backed Colorado State University scientist has re-engineered plants so that they can detect explosives, air pollution and toxic chemicals. Plants fixed with custom-made proteins in biologist June Medford’s lab signal the presence of potentially deadly vapors by turning from … Continue reading

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Not Getting Enough Sex? Think You Can Stay Abstinent for 8,000 Years?

Grapes have been. Wine grapes anyway, which seem to have held off for just about that long. The lack of sex has been discovered by Sean Myles, a geneticist at Cornell University. He developed a gene chip that tests for the … Continue reading

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As the Worm Turns

Researchers are using inexpensive components from ordinary liquid crystal display (LCD) projectors to control the brain and muscles of tiny organisms, including freely moving worms. Red, green and blue lights from a projector activate light-sensitive microbial proteins that are genetically … Continue reading

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All Hail Your Peat Moss Overlords

What do Alexander the Great, Napoleon Bonaparte and peat moss have in common? Apparently, they all conquered nations. According to BBC, a study published inMolecular Ecology has found that the common peat moss Sphagnum subnitens is genetically identical across northwestern North America. … Continue reading

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