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AI helps design the perfect chickpea

A massive international research effort has led to development of a genetic model for the 'ultimate' chickpea, with the potential to lift crop yields by up to 12 per cent.

Nov 12th, 2021

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Study encourages cautious approach to CRISPR therapeutics

A comprehensive study has shown that gene editing, specifically gene knockout (KO), with CRISPR-Cas9 can favor cells with mutated forms of genes linked to cancer. The findings highlight the need to monitor patients undergoing CRISPR-Cas9-based gene therapy for cancer-related mutations.

Nov 11th, 2021

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Teaching fungi how to write

Spalted wood is a highly sought-after material in the high-end furniture industry. In a newly developed process, scientists have succeeded at controlling the spread of fungi in native wood types to create elaborate marblewood pictures - and even taught the fungi to write some words.

Nov 11th, 2021

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Stem cells from the bioreactor

With the aid of artificial stem cells, it will soon be possible to establish new treatments for previously incurable diseases such as Alzheimer's disease. Scientists are developing a process for the mass production of these so called induced pluripotent stem cells.

Nov 3rd, 2021

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Organoids: The future of disease modelling?

Organoid technologies have become a powerful emerging tool to model liver diseases, for drug screening, and for personalized treatments. Researchers have generated and characterized the hepatic organoid culture system using human induced pluripotent stem cell (iPS) as an intermediate.

Nov 1st, 2021

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Scientists can switch on plants' response to light

Scientists have figured out how plants respond to light and can flip this genetic switch to encourage food growth. The discovery could help increase food supply for an expanding population with shrinking opportunities for farming.

Oct 6th, 2021

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Protein distancing

Scientists have joined two proteins together by means of a free-standing, rigid link. The structural element holds the two protein molecules together at a defined distance and angle, much the way a barbell handle connects two weights.

Sep 28th, 2021

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