“Living fossil” genome sequence reveals clues to evolution of life on land

Genome sequencing can teach us a huge amount about a species, and now scientists have completed the sequence for one of the weirdest and most intriguing animals in the world. The Australian lungfish is a “living fossil” from the time our ancestors firs… Continue reading “Living fossil” genome sequence reveals clues to evolution of life on land

Designer DNA molecule helps hunt down cancer stem cells in blood

Like weeds that grow back if you don’t remove the roots, cancer can keep returning thanks to lurking stem cells. Now, researchers have developed a “designer” DNA segment that can eradicate these cancer stem cells, with tests in mice showing promising e… Continue reading Designer DNA molecule helps hunt down cancer stem cells in blood

Designer DNA molecule helps hunt down cancer stem cells in blood

Like weeds that grow back if you don’t remove the roots, cancer can keep returning thanks to lurking stem cells. Now, researchers have developed a “designer” DNA segment that can eradicate these cancer stem cells, with tests in mice showing promising e… Continue reading Designer DNA molecule helps hunt down cancer stem cells in blood

Software breakthrough radically boosts the speed of DNA sequencers

A new piece of open source software can radically speed up the process of DNA sequencing, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University. Using a portable sequencer, the UNCALLED software can reduce a 15-day operation down to three days, or even … Continue reading Software breakthrough radically boosts the speed of DNA sequencers

Smashing Security podcast #207: Cyber biowarfare, giant ladybugs, and strippers

Fears are raised about cyber bioterrorists, there’s a widespread blackout for IoT devices caused by a cloud cock-up, and what role do strippers play in a revamp of the United States’s computer crime laws?

All this and much more is discussed in the l… Continue reading Smashing Security podcast #207: Cyber biowarfare, giant ladybugs, and strippers

Malware attack can trick biologists into producing dangerous toxins

By Deeba Ahmed
Researchers urge for improving bio-cybersecurity as threat actors can use malware to target Synthetic DNA Orders to modify DNA strings sequence.
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Scientists successfully extract insect DNA from amber – from 2014

Scientists have successfully extracted DNA from insects trapped in amber. But before you start dreaming of a certain park, there’s one huge caveat to mention – any creatures you might revive from this would hail from the not-so-distant past of about 20… Continue reading Scientists successfully extract insect DNA from amber – from 2014

Colloidal diamonds self-assembled in breakthrough for photonics

Engineers have developed a simple way to make colloidal diamonds that self-assemble. These structures have traditionally been tricky to manufacture in bulk, but with this new method they could be used to help make better photonic devices.Continue Readi… Continue reading Colloidal diamonds self-assembled in breakthrough for photonics

DNA study rediscovers frog species lost to science for 50 years

It can be hard to determine if an animal is extinct or just really good at hiding, especially for already-elusive creatures like frogs. But now, researchers have demonstrated a new way to track lost species by searching for their loose DNA in the envir… Continue reading DNA study rediscovers frog species lost to science for 50 years