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A Closer Look at the Fundamentals of Recombinant DNA Technology

Posted by Bryent Lee on Oct 27, 2020 4:09:38 PM

The advancement of recombinant DNA technology in recent years has drastically changed the world of research by controlling the expressions of target genes. Recombinant DNA combines genetic material from different sources, creating sequences that are unique and new to the genome. The DNA sequences used in the construction of recombinant DNA molecules can originate from any species, such as human, fungal, bacterial, and plants. 1

 

Can the $4.7 billion Earth BioGenome Project Sustain Itself?

Posted by Michele Mei on Nov 29, 2018 6:33:00 PM

In the last What’s Hot in Life blog post, we discussed how next generation sequencing (NGS) is used as a basis for understanding disease. This week I wanted to talk about DNA sequencing again, but in a completely different context. On November 1st, scientists launched an ambitious project to sequence all 1.5 million complex species on Earth. Their purpose? To save biodiversity.

Genetic Matchmaking: Are We Predetermined to Love Someone?

Posted by Panyue (Penny) Hao on Feb 27, 2018 3:33:11 PM

Doesn’t everyone have that one friend or relative who always says “I know someone who will just be perfect for you”? Usually, the claim is based on knowledge of personality and common interests between you and the potential Mr./Mrs. Perfect. However, in the past two decades scientists have suggested a more innate predictor to attractiveness – genetics. More specifically, alleles in the human leukocyte antigens (HLA) genomic region.