Gene Transfer is the insertion of genetic material into a cell.
Biomedical engineers at Duke University have revealed a microbial community phenomenon that is analogous to teaching neighbors how to perform critical jobs by ripping out and sharing parts of the brain.
Microbes and plants may have given insects an evolutionary benefit, hundreds of millions of years ago, by transferring genes to them via horizontal gene transfer.
While there are many studies that discuss antibiotic resistance genes (ARG) in soil and water environments, there is currently very little research that focuses on ARG in aerial environments. In a recent review, researchers from South Korea have analyzed current research trends regarding ARG in bioaerosols, including their sources, methods of detection, and implications for the future.
Poisonous mushrooms are a great threat to human health, but they also create crucial drugs and biomolecules. Amanita mushrooms are without a doubt the most lethal of all of them.
Your DNA holds the blueprint to build your body, but it's a living document: Adjustments to the design can be made by epigenetic marks.
Microbes may be tiny, yet they have a significant influence on the Earth’s habitability.
Researchers have discovered a gene that makes E. coli bacteria resistant to antibiotics, effectively leading to better treatment for people across the globe.
The level at which viruses can pick up genes from their hosts to hone their infection process is illustrated by the first analysis of viral horizontal gene transfer.
An international, multidisciplinary team of researchers from the Translational Synthetic Biology Laboratory at Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona, Spain), led by Dr. Marc Güell, has published an article in the scientific journal Nature Communications.
Plants, algae and some bacteria are able to perform photosynthesis, which is the process of transforming sunlight energy into sugar.
According to a new study, grass crops can bend the laws of evolution by borrowing genes from their neighboring species, thus gaining a competitive benefit.
For almost a century, advances in human healthcare have largely relied on the efficiency through which bacterial diseases can be treated.
An international team of scientists has determined how harmless E.coli gut bacteria in chickens can easily pick up the genes required to evolve to cause a life-threatening infection.
On January 22 in Current Biology, a team of Harvard-led researchers presented the most complete genome yet assembled of one of the major Rafflesiaceae lineages, Sapria himalayana.
Scientists have deigned a new method to inhibit a toxicity observed in the sensory neurons of DRG following gene therapy to treat neurological diseases.
Dr. Aimee Murray speaks to AZoLifeSciences about her latest research that looks at a way of reducing antibiotic resistance build-up in waterways.
All life is subject to evolution in the form of mutations that change the DNA sequence of an organism's offspring, after which natural selection allows the 'fittest' mutants to survive and pass on their genes to future generations.
One could say that mitochondria, the energy-producing organelles inside every human cell, dance to their own beat.
In an individual’s own gut and in marine environments, bacteriophages, viruses that infect bacteria, play an important role in the regulation of microbiome.
Professor Sam Sheppard speaks to AZoLifeSciences about his research on intensive farming and how it could increase the risk of epidemics.