Viral ‘family tree’ reveals COVID-19 spread in Denmark

A new "coronavirus family tree" has given researchers a better look at how COVID-19 came into Denmark and how it spread domestically.

Michael Skov Jensen-Copenhagen • futurity
June 30, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 genomes viruses social-lives health-and-medicine

Gardenias show how plants became great chemists

Sequencing the gardenia genome shows how plants evolved to re-use tricks from their genetic toolbox to create new chemicals.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo • futurity
June 25, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: dna evolution plants genomes science-and-technology flowers

Model warns of genetic modification gone awry in trees

A new model could help prevent unintended consequences when researchers use genetic modification on trees for things like biofuel.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
April 12, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: trees genomes genetic-engineering wood science-and-technology

Genes link ‘Green Revolution’ to rice gone feral

Weedy rice is the result with cultivars of the crop go rogue. New research traces their origins to the "Green Revolution."

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
March 27, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: agriculture genomes rice science-and-technology

How we know the new coronavirus comes from nature

"We determined that SARS-CoV-2 originated through natural processes by comparing the genetic sequences and protein structures of other coronaviruses to those of new virus..."

Keith Brannon-Tulane • futurity
March 19, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: evolution covid-19 genomes viruses bats featured health-and-medicine

Ancient hornwort hints at new ways to grow crops

The genome of the hornwort, one of the first plants to colonize land, may offer a way to grow crops more efficiently with less synthetic fertilizer.

Kurt Bodenmueller-U. Zurich • futurity
March 16, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: evolution plants genomes crops earth-and-environment fertilizer

Genome ‘atlas’ pinpoints driver mutations that cancers share

A new "atlas" of whole cancer genomes reveals connections among cancers. The work, from more than 700 scientists, could lead to better treatment.

Holly Watkins-U. Melbourne • futurity
Feb. 6, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: cancer genomes featured health-and-medicine

Basmati rice genome could pinpoint valuable traits

Researchers have assembled the complete genome of two varieties of basmati rice, one of which is drought-tolerant and resistant to bacterial disease.

Rachel Harrison-NYU • futurity
Feb. 5, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: food genomes rice science-and-technology

Salamander’s genome may unravel regeneration mystery

The axolotl salamander can regrow lost limbs and parts of its brain or heart. Figuring out its huge genome may pave the way for human tissue regeneration.

Bill Hathaway-Yale • futurity
Jan. 28, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: genes salamander regeneration genomes science-and-technology

Quinoa’s flowering genes could make it easier to grow

Quinoa's history has led to varieties that need specific growing conditions. Research on the plant's flowering genes could make things easier for farmers.

Nerissa Hannink-Melbourne • futurity
Jan. 23, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: agriculture food plants genomes science-and-technology

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