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Wednesday 19th September 2018

Scientists Engineer Powerful Weapon Against Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Dreaded diseases such as meningitis, pneumonia, and deadly diarrhea have been a struggle to treat because the gram-negative bacteria that cause them have double cell walls with an outer membrane that is particularly difficult for drugs to penetrate and resistance to such compounds is soaring. Now, a team of scientists has created a compound that ca...

Thousands of Breast Cancer Gene Versions Classified Using CRISPR-Cas9

New versions of BRCA1, a tumor suppressor gene involved in breast cancer, make clinical management difficult. Different versions of BRCA1 need unique treatment. Some versions are pathogenic, whereas some are neutral. However, information on new BRCA1 versions are limited, and more versions are expected to be discovered in patients through the cours...

Researchers Use CRISPR Technology to Treat Beta Thalassemia Patients

The first human trial in the U.S. using CRISPR gene-editing technology will soon be launched by Vertex Pharmaceuticals and CRISPR Therapeutics. The developers will conduct the trial to evaluate CTX001, a stem cell therapy developed using CRISPR to treat patients with beta thalassemia, a blood disorder characterized by low levels of hemoglobin which...

Scientists Develop Modified CRISPR-Cas9 System for Tetraploid Potato

Potato's tetraploid genome requires a more powerful genome editing system. Scientist Hiroaki Kusano of Tokyo University of Science and colleagues apply the translational enhancer dMac3 to the Cas9 expression vector to increase the amount of Cas9 proteins produced inside potato cells. dMac3 is a 161-bp region of the OsMac3 mRNA, which promotes effic...

Rice Plant Architecture Engineered Using CRISPR-Cas9

During the Green Revolution, short plant height is desirable for crops, as it results to increased yield. Thus, plant architecture has been a key trait in breeding programs, and architecture-related genes are modified in crops through random mutagenesis and traditional plant breeding. In a study by researcher Haroon Butt and colleagues from the Uni...

Bacterial Speck Resistance Developed in Tomato Using CRISPR-Cas9

Developing disease resistance in tomato is a trade-off between pathogens feeding on living cells (biotrophs) and those feeding on dead cells (necrotrophs). Scientist Robert Solano from Centro Nacional de Biotecnologia in Spain and colleagues utilize CRISPR-Cas9 to confer bacterial speck resistance in tomato without compromising susceptibility to ne...

CRISPR-Cas9 Reveals New Findings on miRNAs in Rice

The discovery of more microRNAs (miRNAs) and their functions is hindered by the lack of suitable knockout tools. The CRISPR-Cas9 system aided researcher Jianping Zhou of University of Electronic Science and Technology of China and colleagues in determining the functions and regulations of miRNA single genes and gene families in rice. miRNAs are sma...

Candidate Genes Related to Drought Stress Identified in Cotton

Drought stress threatens yield in cotton, the most important crop in the textile industry. Thus, developing cotton lines with tolerance to drought is important in cotton breeding. Quantitative trait loci (QTLs) have been developed using traditional molecular markers (SSRs, RFLPs), but only a few of these QTLs have been verified in terms of their fu...

Vietnamese Scientists Develop Carotenoid-rich Maize

Gene Orange (Or) plays an important role in the accumulation of carotenoid and participates in the non-pigmented plastidation of chromosomes. It does not interfere with the carotenoid synthesis, but regulates the process of reservoirs for the isolation and storage of carotenoids. Or gene expression increased carotenoid accumulation in the scar tiss...

John Innes Centre Leads Group's Call for Clarity after EU Ruling on Gene-Edited Crops

The John Innes Centre (JIC) has joined a group of 33 signatories in a call for the Government to address the implications of a European Union judicial ruling that classifies gene-edited crops as genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The group, composed of leading research institutions, universities, plant breeders, crop agronomy companies, biotech...

Australian OGTR Invites Comments on GM Canola Field Trial

The Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) of Australia is currently assessing license application DIR 164 from Monsanto Australia Limited, for a field trial (limited and controlled release) of canola genetically modified (GM) for herbicide tolerance. The trial sites are proposed to be selected in 140 possible local government areas in New ...

International Team Delivers Intermediate Wheatgrass Reference Genome

A team of researchers from Israel and the United States has released the improved and accurate assembly of the intermediate wheatgrass genome. The latest version of the assembly has reached a scaffold N50 of 25.9 MB with 2.55% unfilled sequence gaps and complete BUSCO gene coverage of 97.9%. Dr. Lee DeHaan of The Land Institute is leading efforts t...

How Plants Signal Danger Long Distances

A video shows how seconds after a hungry caterpillar severs a leaf from the rest of the plant, a blaze of fluorescent light washes over the other leaves, signaling that they should prepare for future attacks by the caterpillar or its kin. The fluorescent light tracks calcium as it goes through the plant's tissues, warning of a threat through electr...

Scientists Crack A Code that Could Help Nourish the World

Iron deficiency anemia affects 2 billion people around the world, particularly in low-income countries where grains are the staple. Efforts to discover exactly how plants regulate the amount of iron they take up through their roots are now being led by Massachusetts Amherst molecular biologist Elsbeth Walker. Walker explains that plants have a regu...

Burkina Faso Farmers Call for Return of Bt Cotton

Cotton farming in Burkina Faso is in a fast slump two years after the suspension of Bt cotton. This was reported by Burkinabé farmers during the launch of the ISAAA report on the Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2017 in Ouagadougou on September 11, 2018. Cotton has been the most important cash crop for Burkinabé farmers, with the c...

Researchers to Improve Iron Toxicity Tolerance and Yield of Rice in Africa

Iron toxicity is one of the main barriers in increasing rice production, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. Conventional, indigenous rice varieties in Africa have tolerance to iron toxicity, but produce low yields. Thus, scientists from Cranfield University, UK, will conduct a research project to overcome this problem. The study, led by Prof. Guy Ki...

Kenyan Scientists Concerned Perceptions on GMOs May Slow Down GM Crops Commercialization

Kenyan scientists have expressed their concern that negative perceptions tied to genetically modified organism (GMOs) could be detrimental in commercializing GM crops in the country. Speaking during a cassava stakeholder study tour to GM cassava research confined field trial (CFT) site in the country's coastal region, the scientists dismissed any f...

UN: Global Hunger Continues to Rise

The number of hungry people is growing globally, reaching 821 million in 2017 or one in every nine people, according to the United Nation's report on The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2018. This is the third year that UN reported about the continuous increase of hunger worldwide, with current levels equivalent to records a decad...

Wednesday 12th September 2018

GE Mosquitoes to be Released in Africa for the First Time

Africa may soon get lower rates of mosquito-borne diseases in the near future. This is after the National Biosafety Authority of Burkina Faso approved the release of up to 10,000 genetically engineered (GE) mosquitoes to combat Malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases. The approved release will be the first time that any GE animal will be released...

CRISPR-Cas9 Helps Find New Antidepressant Drugs

Scientist Steven Mennerick says that the most commonly prescribed antidepressant drugs were approved for use more than three decades ago, and new ways to develop new medications are necessary. Thus, he and his colleagues from the Washington University School of Medicine utilized CRISPR-Cas9 to determine the function of a neuroreceptor delta gamma-A...

Scientists Use CRISPR-Cas9 to Accelerate Breeding for Modified Starch in Cassava

Cassava's increasing economic importance but difficulty to improve genetically are what motivated scientist Herve Vanderschuren from Institute of Molecular Plant Biology in Switzerland and colleagues to utilize genome editing to accelerate breeding for modified starch in cassava. Cassava plays a big role as a staple food and a highly favored commo...

Efficient, Precise Multiplex Genome Editing Developed in Tomato

Multiplex CRISPR-Cas9 has been used in some crops, but promoter optimization is hardly reported. Researcher Ryosuke Hashimoto and colleagues from Tokushima University in Japan used various Cas9 expression promoters with different gRNA expression combinations to edit genes in tomato.The researchers design "all-in-one" plasmids with different promote...

Male Sterile Lines in Maize Developed Using CRISPR-Cas9

Male sterility (MS) is an important tool for hybrid seed production in many crops. In maize, the development of more male sterile line resources is still highly desirable, and the availability of new genetic tools such as the CRISPR-Cas9 system provides an alternative for modifying MS genes in maize. Scientist Yunjun Liu of the Chinese Academy of A...

Scientists Find the Genetic Basis of Brown Fiber Cotton

Brown fiber cotton plays a key role in the textile industry, as it is environmentally friendly and does not require dyeing. However, its poor yield and quality threaten its marketability. Thus, researcher Zhongxu Lin from National Key Laboratory of Crop Genetic Improvement in Huazhong Agricultural University and colleagues studied the genetic basis...

Vietnamese Researchers Report Heat Tolerant Plant Transformation

Heat stress is one of the major factors causing the reduction of seed yield and production. The pollen development and flowering stages were the most sensitive to heat stress that inhibits the pollen germination. AtHSP101 gene encodes the Chaperon protein B1 (ClpB1) which belongs to the heat shock protein 100 (HSP100) family required for accumulati...


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