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Plant to Bug

A bug acquired the DNA of a toxic plant, and now it’s running rampant

March 26th, 2021

Over the course of the pandemic, the novel coronavirus has morphed into new variants that have featured genetic changes capable of altering its behavior. Whether it’s a single-cell organism or a multi-cell being, any living creature can go through mutations that will allow it to adapt better to its surroundings. But researchers have just observed …

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Scientists create ‘super stud’ livestock with ideal genetic traits

September 15th, 2020

Scientists have developed a method by which male animals can pass on the genetic material of other, different males. The idea is that these animals would pass on the genes of the most desirable sire in a herd, maximizing the yield for the next generation. Laws still prevent genetically modified animals from entering the food …

SATI gene editing

New gene-editing technique shows promise in negating bad mutations

August 26th, 2019

We’ve all heard a lot about genetic modification this year, thanks in large part to one Chinese scientist taking it upon himself to edited the genes of human babies. His work was universally decried by fellow scientists and he got himself into some serious trouble because of it. But genetic modification is an incredible tool …

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Scientists say genetically modified babies will have shorter lives

June 4th, 2019

In late 2018 a Chinese scientist name He Jiankui performed work that has gained him not only the criticism of his peers but also backlash from his home country’s government. He took the extraordinary step of performing genetic modification on human embryos with the intention of having them carried to term. A pair of newborns …