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Plant genetic engineering makes treasure from trash

Cultivated plants are the core of human nutrition. To ensure our food supply, plant breeders are in an ongoing race with newly emerging pests and diseases. Deterioration of growing conditions due to climate change and ever-increasing demand provide further challenges. Traditionally, plant breeders wait an... click to read more

  • Dennis Kleinschmidt | Technical Assistant at Max-Planck-Institut für Molekulare Pflanzenphysiologie
  • Joachim Forner | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Max-Planck-Institut für Molekulare Pflanzenphysiologie
Views 2934
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Feb 27, 2023
A Nobel Prize technique in the fight against cancer

Genome editing is the ability to modify an organism's genetic information, stored in the DNA. In order to alter the genome, scientists were inspired by a system found in nature called CRISPR/Cas9. It is a primitive immune system found in bacteria that allows them to... click to read more

  • Sofia Spataro | PhD Student at University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
Views 3222
Reading time 3 min
published on May 5, 2021
Engineering bacteria to save honey bees

Humans have kept honey bees for millennia, and scientists love to study them because of their unique societies (80,000 bees can live and work together in a single hive!) and communication (they exchange information by "dancing"). Honey bees also help produce much of the food... click to read more

  • Sean Leonard | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Integrative Biology, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, US
  • Nancy Moran | Professor at Integrative Biology, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, US
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Feb 11, 2021
Will gene therapy save the banana?

It’s got to be one of the most popular fruits around: the banana. Although there are over a 1000 varieties, few people realize that almost the whole banana export is dependent on one type of banana, the Cavendish. This banana - cultivated by the personal... click to read more

  • Reinier Prosee | PhD student at Department of Molecular Biology, Section of Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Views 7311
Reading time 4 min
published on May 3, 2018
Lego blocks for precise gene editing

DNA is the core-element of life as we know it. It can be imagined as a long helical double strand composed of sequences of information written with four chemical "letters" called nucleotides. Determinate sequences of letters delineate stretches of DNA called genes, which in turn... click to read more

  • Jared Carlson-Stevermer | PhD student at Department of Biomedical Engineering, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI, USA
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Reading time 4 min
published on Feb 6, 2018