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How DNA data storage works - ExtremeTech

By on July 8, 2016 at 2:00 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>DNA data storage is a big deal. …

Biologists have recreated life inside a computer — NOVA Next | PBS

A few years ago, Michael Levin faced a conundrum. He and his colleagues at the Tufts Center for Regenerative and Developmental Biology just outside …

Breakthrough method means CRISPR just got a lot more relevant to human health

'The most clever CRISPR gadget to date'<p>The gene-editing tool CRISPR may one day change the way humans approach medicine — or at least that’s how it’s been portrayed so far. But for all the talk of using CRISPR to eliminate disease, the method was never very good at doing one important thing: …

There Is Such a Thing as Plant Intelligence

Plants are capable of solving problems and learning from past experiences.<p>When Paleolithic painters decorated the walls of the caves at Chauvet, in France, they chose stunning motifs of horses and other animals. For them, as for most of us, plants were just there in the background, vegetating away. …

10 Things You Need to Know About The UK Allowing Genetic Modification of Human Embryos

Keep calm and get the facts.<p>A few hours ago, the UK Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) made a landmark decision to grant scientists …

4 things you wanted to know about gene editing

Regulators in the UK today approved research on human embryos using CRISPR-Cas9, a controversial form of gene editing that has been exciting scientists and alarming bioethicists around the world.<p>In a groundbreaking move, the Human Fertilisation and Embryonic Authority has granted approval to a …

Scientists Win Approval to Use Gene Editing Technology on Human Embryos

CRISPR-Cas9 may soon be used on viable embryos for the first time.<p>CRISPR has been a hot topic lately, and it's not hard to see why: It's the kind of genetic editing science fiction has predicted for years at an incredibly low cost. But to date, it hasn't been used on human embryos. It seems that's …

Genetics

Are humans driving evolution in animals?

<b>Are humans inadvertently driving evolution in other species? Mounting evidence suggests activities such as commercial fishing, angling and hunting, along with the use of pesticides and antibiotics, are leading to dramatic evolutionary changes.</b><p>Sitting down to a roast chicken dinner doesn't seem like …

Water Bear - Tardigrades! - Microscope Fun

Microscopes

Tardigrades: Adorable Extremophiles

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A museum turned a tiny invincible animal into a chair and Instagrammers love it

Amsterdam museum Micropia, the world's first museum devoted solely to microbes, made a giant chair in the shape of the microscopic, water-dwelling, seemingly invincible creature also referred to as "water bear" or "moss piglet."<p>Neil deGrasse Tyson popularized this adorable creature in a 2014 …

Tardigrade survival: A fifth of water bear genome made up of foreign DNA

The tardigrade – also known as the "water bear" – is made up of nearly a fifth of foreign DNA, according to researchers from the University of North …

7 Tough Facts About Tardigrades

Tardigrades are tough, tubby, and tiny. There are more than 1000 species, and all of them are itty-bitty—about the size of a grain of sand.<p>1. ALL OF …

Birds

Newly Sequenced Tardigrade Genome Shows They’re Even Weirder Than We Thought

The tardigrade or "water bear" genome has a huge amount of foreign DNA.<p>I'm going to call it: tardigrades are the weirdest animal on the planet (and beyond).<p>Also known as water bears, the microscopic eight-legged creatures have been around for hundreds of millions of years, and are best known for …

Tardigrades, already impossible to kill, also have foreign DNA - ExtremeTech

By on November 24, 2015 at 11:02 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Tardigrades, already made of …

The Tardigrade Genome Has Been Sequenced, And It's Even Weirder Than We Thought

What the...<p>Scientists have sequenced the entire genome of the tardigrade, AKA the water bear, for the first time. And their results suggest that this …

The invincible tardigrade — already a weird animal — is full of DNA stolen from bacteria

Tardigrades are weird. The tiny animals — otherwise known as water bears — are famous for surviving in the vacuum of space, among other impossibly hostile environments. But they just got even weirder: According to research published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, …

A New Analysis Questions How Much Foreign DNA Tardigrades Actually Have

Two research groups sequencing the genome of the same species of ‘water bear’ report different results.<p>Tardigrades, the teensy "water bears" that can survive outer space, are the weirdest creatures—but some scientists are suggesting they're maybe not quite as genomically unusual as a recent study …

When labs clash over tardigrade DNA, that’s just science working as it should

Tardigrades — otherwise known as water bears or (gasp) moss piglets — are weird. They can survive in the vacuum of space, for starters. So when researchers at the University of North Carolina announced on Nov. 23 that the minuscule animal had hitherto unheard of ratios of DNA borrowed from plants, …

Tardigrades Survive Intense Dehydration By Coating Themselves in Glass

Tardigrades are tough little critters, and now one of their secrets for longevity has been revealed. It might sound like something out of a sci-fi …

Biology

Animal brought back to life after spending 30 years frozen

The waterbears were retrieved from frozen moss sample collected in Antarctica in 1983<p>Researchers have successfully revived microscopic creatures that had been kept frozen for 30 years.<p>Tardigrades, also known as waterbears or moss piglets, are tiny water-dwelling organisms. They're segmented, with …

Frozen Tardigrade Brought Back to Life After 30 Years

Tardigrades, or “water bears,” are renowned for their remarkable survival skills. But these microscopic creatures are far more indestructible than we …

Biology

Tardigrades — the microscopic, oddly cute toughest animals on Earth — explained

Six facts about the toughest animal on Earth.<p>Paul Bartels gets a rush every time he discovers a new species of tardigrade, the <b>phylum</b> of microscopic animals best known for being both strangely cute and able to survive the <b>vacuum of space</b>.<p>”The first paper I wrote describing a new species, there was a …

A Fossilized Ancient Ant Queen Emerges From a 46-Million-Year-Old Rock

This fossil of an ancient winged ant queen was recently discovered along the banks of the Flathead River in Montana. It’s the first of its kind ever …

Biology

When air is polluted, homing pigeons find their way home faster

Homing pigeons are bred for their navigation skills. They find their way along a mental map of signs and smells, using the sun and the Earth's geomagnetic field as a biological compass to find their way back to their roost.<p>But what happens if pollution makes the air so hazy that some of these …

Pollution

Bill Nye The Science Guy Gets Real About Abortion

Bill Nye acted in solidarity with women’s reproductive rights when he released a short video condemning the misinformation used to fuel anti-abortion …

Butterflies remember a mountain that hasn't existed for millennia

Geology is what we look to when we want enduring monuments. Rock and metal outlast anything made of living tissue. Or do they? In another example of …

Lake Superior

Massey scientists uncover process that could drive the majority of cancers

The gene p53 has been described as the "guardian of the genome" due to its prominent role in preventing genetic mutations. More than half of all …

Mutations

Biologists Coax Worms Into Growing New Kinds of Heads

In what sounds like a plot line from a <i>BioShock</i> game, a team of biologists has coaxed an animal into growing a new head and brain resembling those of …

Biology