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Armed and dangerous.
  • E. Pennisi
  • Biology, Medicine
    Science
  • 12 February 2010
TLDR
Stem rust is the worst of the three common rust diseases, and if it reaches India’s Punjab region, losses could reach $3 billion per year; if the United States, the toll could be $10 billion annually.
Genomics. ENCODE project writes eulogy for junk DNA.
  • E. Pennisi
  • Biology, Medicine
    Science
  • 7 September 2012
This week, 30 research papers, including six in Nature and additional papers published online by Science , sound the death knell for the idea that our DNA is mostly littered with useless bases. A
The Dynamic Gut
As snakes, frogs, birds, and other wild creatures attest, digestive systems need flexibility to meet energy demands as well as the challenges of environment, diet, and predators.
The CRISPR craze.
TLDR
Researchers have used the CRISPR system to delete, add, activate or suppress targeted genes in human cells, mice, rats, zebrafish, bacteria, fruit flies, yeast, nematodes and crops, demonstrating broad utility for the technique.
Wanted: A Barcode for Plants
Quick-and-easy DNA identification of animals is under way, but plants are proving harder to pigeonhole.
How Did Cooperative Behavior Evolve?
  • E. Pennisi
  • Medicine, Computer Science
    Science
  • 1 July 2005
TLDR
Scientists are applying evolutionary game theory to quantify cooperation and predict behavioral outcomes under different circumstances, and hope to gain a clearer sense of the rules that govern complex societies.
The Blue Revolution, Drop by Drop, Gene by Gene
TLDR
Researchers probe the secrets of how plants cope with water stress to improve crop yields and propose a new approach called “smart agriculture” to tackle drought.
Genome Data Shake Tree of Life
TLDR
The new wealth of microbial genome sequences is threatening to overturn evolutionists' "tree of life" by showing that genes don't evolve at the same rate or in the same way, so the evolutionary history inferred from one gene may be different from what another gene appears to show.
Gene Counters Struggle to Get the Right Answer
  • E. Pennisi
  • Computer Science, Medicine
    Science
  • 22 August 2003
TLDR
This video explains how gene-hunting programs are becoming more sophisticated and why it is important to know how many genes humans have.
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