What are Genetic Algorithms?

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BioTechniques News Genetic algorithms borrow their name and principles from biological evolution, but can they help researchers discover the fundamentals of life? Find out… Full BioTechniques Article here Powered by WPeMatico

Double Duty for TaqMan Probes

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BioTechniques News Taqman hybridization probes have been used for mutant allele detection by DNA melting curve analysis. Now researchers have also cleverly used these probes in another capacity in the assay in order… Full BioTechniques Article here Powered by WPeMatico

Enter the Matrix

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BioTechniques News Animal cells must interact with the extracellular matrix in order to divide, manage their shapes, and migrate. Two novel techniques promise to provide more detail on how cells attach to and tug on… Full BioTechniques Article here Powered by WPeMatico

Seeking Drugs in Dragon Blood

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BioTechniques News Despite bacterial onslaught from their environment and lifestyle, Komodo dragons’ wounds rarely get infected. Researchers found that this may be due to a slew of antimicrobial peptides in their… Full BioTechniques Article here Powered by WPeMatico

Building Bots with Biology

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BioTechniques News With full step-by-step instructions, almost anyone can build millimeter-sized, walking bio-bots for any application. Learn more… Full BioTechniques Article here Powered by WPeMatico

DNA Replication in a Traffic Jam

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BioTechniques News What happens to DNA replication when its components compete with other processes for access to the genome? Find out… Full BioTechniques Article here Powered by WPeMatico

Real vs. Reference Genomes

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BioTechniques News Researchers rely on bacterial reference genomes, but how accurate are they? A new study raises concerns. Learn more… Full BioTechniques Article here Powered by WPeMatico

A Better Source of Stem Cells?

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BioTechniques News Chemically reactivating a gene in human amniocytes can restore embryonic stem cell properties. Is it a compelling alternative to adult and embryonic models? Read more… Full BioTechniques Article here Powered by WPeMatico

A Need to Compensate

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BioTechniques News CRISPR/Cas9 is an effective tool for gene editing, but researchers have now developed it into a tool for studying the function of essential protein genes. Learn more … Full BioTechniques Article here Powered by WPeMatico

Fat and Hairy Skin Doesn’t Form Scars

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BioTechniques News Our body’s ability to heal after a cut is an amazing, but it often leaves behind an unsightly scar. Now, researchers have found a way to prevent scarring by changing scar cells to fat cells…. Full BioTechniques Article here Powered by WPeMatico

CRISPR-Cas9-edited Cows

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BioTechniques News Scientists herald CRISPR-Cas9 as a potential way to treat a variety of diseases with genetic underpinnings. New research shows that it may be used to make animals—cows in particular–resistant… Full BioTechniques Article here Powered by WPeMatico

How We Grow to Recognize Faces

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BioTechniques News Our ability to remember familiar faces increases with age, but how does our brain change to develop this important skill? Find out… Full BioTechniques Article here Powered by WPeMatico

ICYMI: How Other Countries Freeload on U.S. Drug Research -WSJ

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BIOtech Now Stacey Matusko Writing for the Wall Street Journal this week, former FDA Associate Commissioner Peter Pitts has a timely reminder on why allowing the importation of overseas drugs in an effort to save money – despite being proposed for decades– remains a bad idea that would produce scant savings while hampering continued innovation […]