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Scientists Sequence Genome of Sacred Lotus

Scientists Sequence Genome of Sacred Lotus | Biosciencia News | Scoop.it
A large team of genetic researchers has sequenced the genome of the sacred lotus (Nelumbo nucifera), which is believed to have a powerful genetic system that repairs genetic defects, and may hold secrets about aging.
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Molecular biologists can now more easily study how its genes are turned on and off during times of stress and why this plant’s seeds can live for 1,300 years. This is a step toward learning what anti-aging secrets the sacred lotus plant may offer.

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Genetic Sequencing Could Help Contain the Spread of Malaria in South-East Asia

Genetic Sequencing Could Help Contain the Spread of Malaria in South-East Asia | Biosciencia News | Scoop.it
Through genetic sequencing, a recent study identifies hereditary markers in new, resilient strains of malaria.
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Scientists have sequenced the genes of the plasmodium falciparum, a parasite known to cause malaria infections in humans, in an effort to combat the spread of the deadly disease.

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New device can extract human DNA with full genetic data in minutes

New device can extract human DNA with full genetic data in minutes | Biosciencia News | Scoop.it

Take a swab of saliva from your mouth and within minutes your DNA could be ready for analysis and genome sequencing with the help of a new device.


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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The device will give hospitals and research labs a much easier way to separate DNA from human fluid samples, which will help with genome sequencing, disease diagnosis and forensic investigations.

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sonia ramos's curator insight, May 15, 2013 4:04 AM

Los avances en genética y ciencias afines junto con el desarrollo de tecnologías vinculadas, es cada vez más rápido y específico, no dejará de sorprenderme.,.

Linda Coburn's comment, May 15, 2013 11:28 AM
It bothers me that an American university which receives American tax dollars for funding has decided to contract with a Korean company to manufacture this amazing device. We will never solve our economic woes if we don't bring mfg back to the US.
Center for Accessible Living NKY's curator insight, May 15, 2013 5:29 PM

This should make obtaining genetic diagnosis much easier and faster.