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Recent Researches

Precise Gene Therapy Without a Needle

For the first time, researchers have found a way to inject a precise dose of a gene therapy agent directly into a single living cell without a needle. The technique uses electricity to “shoot” bits of therapeutic biomolecules through a tiny channel and into a cell in a fraction of …

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Smarter Toxins Help Crops Fight Resistant Pests

One of the most successful strategies in pest control is to endow crop plants with genes from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis, or Bt for short, which code for proteins that kill pests attempting to eat them. But insect pests are evolving resistance to Bt toxins, which threatens the continued success …

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Offspring With Genes from Only One Parent

The discovery came out of a chance observation in the lab that could easily have been written off as an error. “We were doing completely ‘blue skies’ research, and we discovered something that is immediately useful,” said Simon Chan, assistant professor of plant biology at UC Davis and co-author on …

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Beetles Play an Important Role in Reducing Weeds

Research confirms a long-held belief by scientists that ground beetles play a role in weed control. Dr David Bohan, Rothamsted Research, who led the research, said “seed predation by naturally occurring beetles in farmland does have a beneficial effect, reducing weed numbers in fields and potentially improving agricultural productivity.”

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