First synthetic yeast chromosome constructed: A major advantage on synthetic Biology

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It took geneticist Craig Venter 15 years and US$40 million to synthesize the genome of a bacterial parasite.  An international team made up mostly of undergraduate students led by Jef Boeke, PhD, director of NYU Langone Medical Center’s Institute for Systems Genetics, has synthesized the first functional chromosome in yeast, an important step in the emerging field of synthetic biology, designing microorganisms ... Read More »

বিটি বেগুন – সচেতন হবার এখনি সময়!

জিনোম পরিবর্তন করে বানানো বিটি বেগুন এখন আমাদের দেশে বেশ আলোচিত একটা বিষয়। কেউ কেউ বলছে এতে অনেক ক্ষতি এবং বিপর্যয় ঘটবে, আবার কেউ কেউ এটাকে সাফল্য বলেই উল্লেখ করছে আমাদের দেশের বিজ্ঞানীদের । Read more [...] Read More »

Can Carbon farming reduce Global warming?

A recent study led by German researchers suggests the plan of “Carbon farming” using the shrub Jatropha curcas. Their plan is not new, but their feasibility study and suggestions make it attractive and reliable. Jatropha curcas is also known as Barbados nut. It has been using as a production source of biodiesel. The researchers plan is to use this plant ... Read More »

Brushing twice a day improves your memory

“Brush Brush Brush Your Teeth, Brush it every day!” a lovely poem in our nursery classes. We haven’t forgotten the rhyme but forget to brush after midnight! Two brushing a day is a tedious work for most of us. But the necessity to maintain oral hygiene comes starkly on researchers over and over again. Oral hygiene proves to support proper ... Read More »

T-cells fight against autoimmune diseases

Autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis could be treated by collecting and converting one’s own blood cells. Researchers from Pardue University have identified potentiality to convert immature T-cells to suppressive T-cells. The team leader, Professor Chang Kim has developed a way to direct the differentiation of T-cells. T-cells are a type of white blood cell (WBC) that plays important role in ... Read More »

SUPERPESTS: A NEW CHALLENGE FOR BIOTECHNOLOISTS

Recent study reported that, Btcrops which are supposed to be killer crops for pests are losing their reputation. Because, some key pests are evolving and gaining resistance against those crop toxins. Bt crops are genetically engineered crops, in their genome some genes from bacteria species Bacillus thurengiensis are incorporated. These crops produce some toxins which are effective in killing pests ... Read More »

MERS-CoV (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus)

MERS-CoV is a novel coronavirus first reported on 24th September 2012 by an Egyptian virologist in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Up to July 5th, there have been 77 cases of infection and 41 deaths. Infected patients are from Middle East countries - Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. European countries - France, Germany, Italy and the UK have ... Read More »

New mechanism for mRNA transcription identified

A single gene encodes a single protein – it was the conventional understanding for gene expression. But researchers from university of Chicago found a single gene to express two separate proteins from the same mRNA sequence. This study can change existing concept of translation process.  This new mechanism of gene expression might develop new strategies for untreatable neurological diseases. This ... Read More »

How whales hold long breath?

Sperm whales are endowed by amazing capacity to hold breath underwater. Scientists indicate their extraordinary faculty towards familiar protein – Myoglobin. Scott Mirceta from University of Liverpool, accompanied with teammates, found highly charged version of Myoglobin in the muscles of aquatic mammals, which aids sperm whales to dive for up to 90 minutes at a time. The team suggests that ... Read More »