Biotechnology can make a major contribution to more sustainable industries and help to design industrial production processes that are more resource- and climate-friendly. Before this can take place, however, obstacles have to be overcome, for instance concerning technology and research support or international cooperation.
Researchers have developed a new method for correcting the errors that creep into DNA barcodes -- labels used in a wide range of biological experiments -- yielding far more accurate results and paving the way for more ambitious medical research in the future.
Scientists have shown that modified RNA bases have a great impact on the dynamics of gene expression from DNA to functional RNA. The study yields important new insight into how the basis of RNA modifications can affect the function of mature RNA molecules.
In what could address a critical bottleneck in biology research, researchers announced they have pioneered a new way to synthesize DNA sequences through a creative use of enzymes that promises to be faster, cheaper, and more accurate.