Gene Transfer is the insertion of genetic material into a cell.
Modern farming, like any other industry, is heavily reliant on plastics. To name a few examples, consider plastic mulch lining vegetable beds, PVC pipes draining water from fields, polyethylene covering high tunnels, and plastic seed, fertilizer, and herbicide packaging.
When considering a bacterial population as a multicellular community, it is imperative to understand the inherent roles of maintaining homeostasis and viability in response to environmental factors.
Scientists have known for decades that genes can be transferred from one species to another, both in animals and plants.
Feng Zhang of the Broad Institute at MIT and Harvard and the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT headed a team of researchers who discovered the first programmable RNA-guided mechanism in eukaryotes, which include fungi, plants, and animals.
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder affecting tens of millions of people worldwide, and it is the most common cause of dementia.
Proteins are the key players for virtually all molecular processes within the cell. To fulfil their diverse functions, they have to interact with other proteins.
What defines the habitat – the ecological niche – of a microorganism? It is a combination of environmental factors such as temperature, moisture, and nutrient content. But the exact contribution of each of these factors is difficult to predict.
Therapeutics that use mRNA-;like some of the COVID-19 vaccines-;have enormous potential for the prevention and treatment of many diseases.
According to a new study performed at the Earlham Institute and Quadram Institute in Norwich, the community of microbes living in and on human bodies might be serving as a reservoir for antibiotic resistance.
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.