Organism with largest genome packs 50x more DNA than a human’s

Scientists have identified the organism with the largest known genome, coming in at over 160 billion base pairs

Scientists have discovered the organism with the largest known genome, containing 160 billion base pairs. That makes it more than 50 times bigger than the human genome, and the organism it’s describing is a tiny fork fern you wouldn’t even notice if you tripped over it in the forest.

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World-first tooth-regrowing drug will be given to humans in September

The world’s first human trial of a drug that can regenerate teeth will begin in a few months, less than a year on from news of its success in animals. This paves the way for the medicine to be commercially available as early as 2030.Continue ReadingCat… Continue reading World-first tooth-regrowing drug will be given to humans in September

AI-designed gene editing tools successfully modify human DNA

Medically, AI is helping us with everything from identifying abnormal heart rhythms before they happen to spotting skin cancer. But do we really need it to get involved with our genome? Protein-design company Profluent believes we do.Continue ReadingCa… Continue reading AI-designed gene editing tools successfully modify human DNA

Beethoven’s DNA reveals he just wasn’t that musical

Analysis of Beethoven’s DNA has revealed that he had a low genetic predisposition for beat synchronization, an ability that’s closely related to musicality. This is according to researchers who set out to show how making genetic predictions for individ… Continue reading Beethoven’s DNA reveals he just wasn’t that musical

Genetic variants link meat consumption to increased bowel cancer risk

Aware of the link between eating red and processed meat and the incidence of colorectal cancer but not the biological basis for it, researchers have now identified two genetic markers that may explain it. Understanding the disease process and the genes… Continue reading Genetic variants link meat consumption to increased bowel cancer risk

Resurrecting the mammoth: Elephant breakthrough gets us a step closer

We’re a step closer to seeing a live woolly mammoth walking the Earth for the first time in 4,000 years. Colossal Biosciences, a company dedicated to the controversial-but-unquestionably-cool goal of resurrecting extinct species, has now announced a ma… Continue reading Resurrecting the mammoth: Elephant breakthrough gets us a step closer