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Mutants exist and are fighting lethal diseases

Mutants exist and are fighting lethal diseases | Mr. Isaacs Biology | Scoop.it
A study that analyzed the genetic data of almost 600,000 people has discovered that mutants are very real. But, rather than shooting lasers from their eyes o
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This Technicolor Mutant Zebrafish Is Synthetic Biology's Craziest Creation Yet

This Technicolor Mutant Zebrafish Is Synthetic Biology's Craziest Creation Yet | Mr. Isaacs Biology | Scoop.it
It sounds ripped out of the pages of a science fiction novel—or maybe a Lisa Frank catalog—but the genetically modified, brilliantly colored zebra fish pictured above is no fantasy. It was created by scientists, to explore one of the most elusive processes in biology: tissue regeneration.
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Chinese Researchers Knock Out Myostatin Gene in Beagles with CRISPR, Generating First Gene-Edited Dogs | MIT Technology Review

Chinese Researchers Knock Out Myostatin Gene in Beagles with CRISPR, Generating First Gene-Edited Dogs | MIT Technology Review | Mr. Isaacs Biology | Scoop.it
An extra-muscular beagle has been created through genome engineering. Are we on our way to customizing the DNA of our pets?
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Newly Risen From Yeast: THC

Newly Risen From Yeast: THC | Mr. Isaacs Biology | Scoop.it
By recreating constituents of marijuana, researchers hope to test its worth as a medicine.
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8 Scientific Discoveries That Prove Evolution is Real

8 Scientific Discoveries That Prove Evolution is Real | Mr. Isaacs Biology | Scoop.it
When explaining human origins, a staggering 42% of all Americans still ascribe to a creationist interpretation—despite the fact that there’s plenty of evidence to support the theory of natural selection. Here are some of the most potent scientific discoveries that prove Darwin was right.
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The Genesis Engine

The Genesis Engine | Mr. Isaacs Biology | Scoop.it
Editing DNA is now cut-and-paste. We could eliminate disease, cure hunger—or break the world.
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CRISPR is CRZY

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Can Scientists Turn Birds Back Into Dinosaur Ancestors? – Phenomena: The Loom

Can Scientists Turn Birds Back Into Dinosaur Ancestors? – Phenomena: The Loom | Mr. Isaacs Biology | Scoop.it
We know they evolved from dinosaurs about 150 million years ago, but it remains to be discovered precisely how the DNA of ground-running dinosaurs changed--a transformation that turned arms into wi...
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DINO-Chickens FTW!!

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Genetically Modified Food: One Step Closer to Your Plate

Genetically Modified Food: One Step Closer to Your Plate | Mr. Isaacs Biology | Scoop.it
The FDA recently announced its decision about the safety of salmon genetically engineered to grow faster, saying the fish are safe for consumption and would have "no significant impact on the environment." Sure enough, the anti-GM folks rea...
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Why Won't the Government Let You Eat Superfish?

Why Won't the Government Let You Eat Superfish? | Mr. Isaacs Biology | Scoop.it
Grows faster, eats less, makes people madder. Will genetically modified salmon ever reach the dinner table?
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After 30 years, is a GM food breakthrough finally here?

After 30 years, is a GM food breakthrough finally here? | Mr. Isaacs Biology | Scoop.it
Golden rice, a new strain that boosts vitamin A levels and reduces blindness in developing countries, could be sown in the Philippines – and is the new battleground crop
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Reburnishing Golden Rice : Article : Nature Biotechnology

Nature Biotechnology journal featuring biotechnology articles and science research papers of commercial interest in pharmaceutical, medical, and environmental sciences.
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A Miracle Rice Could Save Millions Of Lives

A Miracle Rice Could Save Millions Of Lives | Mr. Isaacs Biology | Scoop.it
But it has been held back by opposition from environmentalists.
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This Salmon Will Likely Be The First Genetically Modified Animal You Eat

This Salmon Will Likely Be The First Genetically Modified Animal You Eat | Mr. Isaacs Biology | Scoop.it
Guess which three species genes this fish contains.
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HIV Genes Successfully Edited Out of Immune Cells

HIV Genes Successfully Edited Out of Immune Cells | Mr. Isaacs Biology | Scoop.it
Researchers from Temple University have used the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing tool to clear out the entire HIV-1 genome from a patient’s infected immune cells. It’s a remarkable achievement that could have profound implications for the treatment of AIDS and other retroviruses.
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Evolution within decades

University of Oregon biologist Bill Cresko discusses his lab's discovery that threespine stickleback, a small fish native to seawater, were able to quickly e...
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Narcotic Drugs Can Be Coaxed From Yeast

Narcotic Drugs Can Be Coaxed From Yeast | Mr. Isaacs Biology | Scoop.it
Researchers reported that they had added DNA to yeast that enabled it to produce enzymes that turn sugar into pain killers.
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A Mad Science Experiment Proves a Simple Evolutionary Hypothesis

A Mad Science Experiment Proves a Simple Evolutionary Hypothesis | Mr. Isaacs Biology | Scoop.it
You may consider your eyes a priceless commodity, but for Mexican cavefish, they were a burdensome expense. In a first-of-a-kind study, scientists have figured out exactly how much energy an animal saves by abandoning vision — in this case, anywhere from 5 to 15%.
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Microbiologists Hold the Secrets to Making Perfect Cheese

Microbiologists Hold the Secrets to Making Perfect Cheese | Mr. Isaacs Biology | Scoop.it
Cheese making used to belong to artisanal masters of the craft. Today, your camembert is more likely to bear the imprint of a microbiologist.
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You Can Thank Genetic Engineering For Your Delicious Cheese

You Can Thank Genetic Engineering For Your Delicious Cheese | Mr. Isaacs Biology | Scoop.it
It used to be that making cheese meant killing cows. Young cows, specifically—a few days old, at most. The stomach of an unweaned calf produces enzymes that turn liquid milk into good, hard, flavorful cheeses like Parmesan and Cheddar. These enzymes, called rennet, are secreted by mucous membranes that line the calf’s fourth stomach. Harvesting rennet the old fashioned way requires slicing this stomach open, which in turn requires slicing open the baby bovine itself. This, as they say, kills the cow.
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your move vegetarian anti-gmo crusaders...

you ready to give up cheese?  you can, you just have to start killing more baby cows...

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Everything You Need to Know About CRISPR, the New Tool that Edits DNA

Everything You Need to Know About CRISPR, the New Tool that Edits DNA | Mr. Isaacs Biology | Scoop.it
CRISPR, a new genome editing tool, could transform the field of biology—and a recent study on genetically-engineered human embryos has converted this promise into media hype. But scientists have been tinkering with genomes for decades. Why is CRISPR suddenly such a big deal?
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whoa!

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Genetically-Modified Salmon Not A Threat, FDA Says

Genetically-Modified Salmon Not A Threat, FDA Says | Mr. Isaacs Biology | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- Federal health regulators say a genetically modified salmon that grows twice as fast as normal is unlikely to harm the environment, clearing the way for the first approval of a scientifically engineered animal for human consumption.

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Transgenic salmon nears approval

Transgenic salmon nears approval | Mr. Isaacs Biology | Scoop.it
Slow US regulatory process highlights hurdles of getting engineered food animals to dinner tables.
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GMO debate grows over golden rice in the Philippines

GMO debate grows over golden rice in the Philippines | Mr. Isaacs Biology | Scoop.it
Vitamin A deficiency is a deadly threat to kids and pregnant mothers in the Third World. In the Philippines, the best nutrient sources are rarely part of the daily diet, so researchers have tried adding vitamin A to rice, a staple food. Science correspondent Miles O'Brien investigates the debate that’s grown up over the development of golden rice, a genetically modified crop.
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Golden Rice: Fool's gold or golden opportunity?

Golden Rice: Fool's gold or golden opportunity? | Mr. Isaacs Biology | Scoop.it
Sure, Big Ag might use the controversial genetically engineered rice as a stalking horse -- but if it's able to help save hundreds of thousands of lives, maybe it deserves a chance.
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