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First synthetic yeast chromosome revealed

US-based project recruited dozens of undergraduates to stitch DNA fragments together.<p>It took geneticist Craig Venter 15 years and US$40 million to …

Do Microbes Sleep?

Welcome to the second installation of my three-part series on sleep, in which I ask whether or not the creatures that I write about most often on this blog—plants, microbes, and insects—have sleep or circadian behaviors. This week: microbes.<p>So, do microbes sleep? Let’s look at one flavor of …

friendship necklace set - DNA and RNA base pairs

Celebrate a friendship with someone with whom you pair well by giving your friend one side of the pair and keeping the other.<p>Genes are written in DNA and RNA molecules using a code of chemical units called bases. These bases form pairs, which is critical to their function. In DNA, A (adenine) pairs …

Image of the Day: Trojan Vacuole

A recent toast to James Watson highlights a tolerance for bigotry many want excised from the scientific community.<p>Moderate ultraviolet light exposure …

Scientists tell us their favourite jokes: 'An electron and a positron walked into a bar…'

Physics<p>■ Two theoretical physicists are lost at the top of a mountain. Theoretical physicist No 1 pulls out a map and peruses it for a while. Then he turns to theoretical physicist No 2 and says: "Hey, I've figured it out. I know where we are."<br>"Where are we then?"<br>"Do you see that mountain over …