Genetics

What is the largest known bacteria-to-animal transfer of genes?

A fruit fly genome is not just made up of fruit fly DNA — at least for one fruit fly species. New research ( Current Biology) shows that one fruit fly species contains whole genomes of a kind of bacteria, making this finding the largest bacteria-to-animal transfer of genetic material ever discovered. The researchers used …

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Sarepta Gains Rights to MyoAAV, Possible DMD Gene Therapy Vector | More Efficient MyoAAV May Better Target Muscle Cells

Under an agreement with the Broad Institute, Sarepta Therapeutics has acquired an exclusive license to the gene therapy vector MyoAAV in potentially treating Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and several other neuromuscular and cardiac indications. MyoAAV is a new vector for delivering genetic therapies to cells, with evidence that it can do so more efficiently and …

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Leverage genetic tools to breed healthier cows

Genetic evaluations to strengthen resistance to six health disorders are available for Brown Swiss animals beginning August 9, 2022. The six health traits published by the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB) are displaced abomasum, ketosis, mastitis, metritis, milk fever, and retained placenta. Official evaluations for these six traits have been available from CDCB for …

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Abnormal protein could be a common link between all forms of motor neurone disease

Abnormal SOD1 protein detected in human spinal cord tissue (dark spots) Trist et al. 2022. Normally, the protein superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) protects cells, but a mutation in its gene is thought to make the protein ‘toxic’; this toxic protein form is associated with hereditary forms of ALS. Abnormal mutant SOD1 is only found in …

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Chinese scientists make breakthroughs in sheep genomics-Xinhua

Photo taken on Jan. 24, 2022 shows sheep in Akyaz Valley in Zhaosu County, Kazak Autonomous Prefecture of Ili, northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. (Xinhua/Li Zhihao) URUMQI, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) — Chinese scientists have successfully produced the short-tailed fine-wool sheep through gene editing, the first of its kind globally. The findings were published in …

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Nine out of ten samples were mistakenly switched by The Orang-utan Genome Consortium

We first mapped the re-sequencing reads of all 10 Locke et al. whole genomes, plus those previously published from 27 conspecifics3.4to the latest iteration of the (female) orang-utan reference genome (ponAbe35). To this, we had concatenated a recent orang-utan Y chromosome assembly6. Using the idxtools function in samtools 1.147, we inferred sex by comparing the …

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Wayne and Randolph County Farmers Finish Among Top 3 in Wheat Yield Contest

Wayne County farmer Jacob Cates (left) finished in second place, while Randolph County farmer Gary Fritz (right) finished in third place in the Seed Genetics Direct annual Wheat Yield Contest. Photos provided by Seed Genetics Direct. Seed Genetics Direct recently announced the winners of their annual Wheat Yield Contest for 2022. Jimmy Cunningham and Ron …

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Dear men, baldness needn’t be a life sentence. There’s help

Dr Kashmal Kalan, medical director at the Alvi Armani Clinic said hair loss is common among men and can affect their mental health. FILE: Kalan said there is help and treatments globally with hair transplants being one such treatment. Picture: © maxriesgo/123rf.com CAPE TOWN – Baldness needn’t be a life sentence. Experts have encouraged men …

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Check Post, Qualification and How to Apply Here

ICAR Recruitment 2022: Check Post, Qualification, and How to Apply Here ICAR Recruitment 2022: Applications are invited to attend Online interviews for the post of Senior Research Fellows purely on a contractual basis until 31st March 2023 which will be held at Division of Genetics, ICAR- Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi 110012 through online …

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Country at risk of losing consultant heading up only genetic testing service for rare fetal abnormalities

Ireland is at risk of losing the consultant who heads up the only genetic testing service for babies with rare fetal abnormalities, just a year after the service was introduced. r Sam Doyle says she can’t agree to a service that would only be available to some patients in Dublin, and she told of her …

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