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To feed the future, we must mine the wealth of the world’s seed banks today

With fewer than a dozen flowering plants out of 300,000 species accounting for 80 percent of humanity’s caloric intake, people need to tap unused plants to feed the world in the near future, claims Cornell University plant geneticist Susan McCouch in the Comment feature of the July 4 issue of Nature.



Measurement of cell viability and gene expression in a single well

Promega introduces ONE-Glo + Tox luciferase reporter and cell viability assays



Gene study sheds new light on origins of British men

More than 100 million European men have a set of genes called R-M269, including about three-quarters of British men



‘Master switch’ gene for obesity and diabetes discovered

Study highlights the regulatory gene as a possible target for future treatments to fight these diseases



Gene responsible for severe osteoporosis disorder discovered

Study gives vital insight into possible causes of and highlights the gene as a potential target for treating the condition



Gene test to predict nerve damage from bone cancer treatment

Scientists have found a genetic test that predicts whether bone marrow cancer treatments including thalidomide are likely to give patients a debilitating side-effect



Mahjong gene and cancer

A landmark study is the first to identify a life-or-death "cell competition" process in mammalian tissue that suppresses cancer by causing cancerous cells to kill themselves.



Smoking influences gene function

In the largest study of its kind, researchers have found that exposure to cigarette smoke can alter gene expression and appear to have a wide-ranging negative influence on the immune system.



New gene therapy delivery device

Scientists have designed a nanoparticle that appears to effectively deliver genetic material into cells with minimal toxic effects.



Ageing gene plays role in stem cell differentiation

A gene shown to play a role in the ageing process appears to play a role in the regulation of the differentiation of embryonic stem cells, according to researchers.



New computational method to uncover gene regulation

Scientists have developed a new computational model to uncover gene regulation, the key to how our body develops - and how it can go wrong.



Tumour suppressor gene can determine cancer susceptibility

A new study demonstrates that even subtle changes in expression of the PTEN tumour suppressor gene can significantly increase cancer susceptibility in specific tissues.



Pathway-Focused Gene Expression Panels

Fluidigm Corporation and SABiosciences have announced that they have teamed up to create over 100 pathway-focused gene expression panels validated for real-time PCR analysis on the Fluidigm BioMarkTM System for Genetic Analysis.



Highly Reproducible Gene Delivery

AMSBIO have announced a range of ready-to-use lentivirus supernatant products suitable for many kinds of gene delivery applications including mammalian protein expression, stable cell line construction, cell signal pathway localization and stem cell research.



Gene boosts tomato hybrid yield

Giving tomato breeders and ketchup fans something to cheer about, scientists have identified a gene that pushes hybrid tomato plants to spectacularly increase yield.



Lifestyle and exposures mirrored in blood gene expression

A study by Norwegian and French researchers hopes to provide new understanding of how blood cells adjust gene expression in response to various clinical, biochemical and pathological conditions.



Food allergy linked to master gene

Scientists have identified a region of a human chromosome that is associated with eosinophilic esophagitis, a recently recognised allergic disease.



Gene regulation: Can we stomach it?

Using a newly developed sequencing technique, the researchers discovered 60 small ribonucleic acids in the genome of the Helicobacter pylori human pathogen.



Gene linked to biological ageing in humans

Scientists announced today they have identified for the first time definitive variants associated with biological ageing in humans.



Mechanical forces affect gene expression

Researchers have shown that tension on DNA molecules can affect gene expression - the process at the heart of biological function that tells a cell what to do.



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