Synthetic Chromosome, First in History

Synthetic Chromosome, First in History

Researchers at J. Craig Venter Institute, Maryland have created a synthetic chromosome from yeast paving the way for a new field of study. The team spent years sequencing the DNA of a simple yeast cell known as Saccharomyces Cerevislae, a kind of yeast used to brew beer. The Venter team, which consisted of many university […]

Giant Virus 30,000 Years Old Reemerges From Ice

Giant Virus 30,000 Years Old Reemerges From Ice

A giant virus was found to have survived for 30,000 years in the remote frozen soil of Siberia. Collaborating scientist from french and Russian institutes were surveying a remote region in the Chukotka Autonomous region; the most north-eastern region of Russia, when they found frozen in a layer of permafrost a new kind of giant […]

Diabetes Prevented by Gene Mutation

Diabetes Prevented by Gene Mutation

Diabetes may be prevented by a rare genetic mutation found in the human genome. The mutation reduces the chances of contracting type-2 diabetes by at least 66 percent. The study was based on the genetic testing of 150,000. The mutation effects a gene called SLC30A8 by limiting a protein called ZnT8 that produces insulin. Those […]

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