Wastewater-borne DNA reveals endangered species in fish markets

Despite protective measures being in place, endangered fish species are regularly caught then sold in open markets. And while visually searching them out can be difficult, a new technology could more easily allow authorities to know which species are b… Continue reading Wastewater-borne DNA reveals endangered species in fish markets

Quantum tunneling could drive random DNA mutations, says new study

DNA is known to mutate regularly, for better or worse, driving both evolution and disease. Researchers at the University of Surrey have now found evidence that some of these spontaneous mutations could be caused by the spooky realm of quantum mechanics… Continue reading Quantum tunneling could drive random DNA mutations, says new study

All five of life’s base units have now been found in meteorites

How life on Earth first arose is one of the most profound mysteries of science, and evidence is mounting that the key building blocks may have been delivered to our home planet from space. A new study makes that scenario seem even more likely, as scien… Continue reading All five of life’s base units have now been found in meteorites

Smashing Security podcast #270: Bearded Barbie, EDR scams, and hobbyist crime detectives

Pulchritudinous women with glossy long hair are targeting Israeli officials via Facebook – but why? Scammers have found a new way to gain access to your most sensitive information – but how? And armchair detectives are helping investigating cold cases… Continue reading Smashing Security podcast #270: Bearded Barbie, EDR scams, and hobbyist crime detectives

Global effort realizes first 100% complete sequence of human genome

An international team of scientists has published the first complete, gap-free sequence of the human genome. The new reference genome adds hundreds of millions of base pairs to earlier drafts, filling in some crucial gaps that will improve studies of d… Continue reading Global effort realizes first 100% complete sequence of human genome

Global effort realizes first 100% complete sequence of human genome

An international team of scientists has published the first complete, gap-free sequence of the human genome. The new reference genome adds hundreds of millions of base pairs to earlier drafts, filling in some crucial gaps that will improve studies of d… Continue reading Global effort realizes first 100% complete sequence of human genome

RNA “evolution” breakthrough offers new clues on the origins of life

Researchers at the University of Tokyo have created an RNA molecule that can not just replicate, but “evolve” into a diverse range of more complex molecules. This find could plug a major gap in the puzzle of how life on Earth began.Continue ReadingCate… Continue reading RNA “evolution” breakthrough offers new clues on the origins of life

“Mother of stem cells” boast better efficiency when they slow down

Researchers have found that the “mother” of all stem cells, known as totipotent stem cells, have a much slower rate of DNA replication, which helps improve their efficiency at differentiating into other cells. Putting the brakes on DNA replication in l… Continue reading “Mother of stem cells” boast better efficiency when they slow down

Adding new letters to DNA alphabet doubles density of data storage

As with most things, nature’s data storage system, DNA, far surpasses anything we’ve created. Now, researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have doubled its already incredible storage capacity by adding extra letters to its “alphabet,… Continue reading Adding new letters to DNA alphabet doubles density of data storage

Largest bacterium ever discovered is longer than a housefly

Researchers have discovered the largest known bacteria ever found (not pictured)

Biologists have discovered the largest bacterium ever found, with a single cell measuring a mammoth 2 cm (0.8 in) long. Visible to the naked eye, this new species has some bizarre characteristics that make it like a missing link in the evolution of complex cells like those in humans.

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