This month, almost 6,000 students representing 340 teams from all over the world will compete at the International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition (IGEM). The objective of IGEM is to advance an innovative project using synthetic biology.
The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was announced yesterday by the Nobel assembly at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. For the first time ever, the prize was awarded for the development of a new cancer therapy.
In 2006, scientists Andrew Fire and Craig Mello were jointly awarded The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their groundbreaking discovery of RNA interference (RNAi), an elegant biological process whereby small double-stranded RNA molecules can silence genes in a sequence-specific manner.
Knowledge about CRISPR/Cas9 has exploded in the 25 years following its discovery in 1993, to the point where it is now seen as a game-changer in gene editing therapy, by allowing the targeted inactivation of disease-causing genes and the correction of genetic mutations. CRISPR/Cas9's great potential comes from its proven ability to alter DNA by...
Today is the first World Microbiome Day, a day aimed to highlight the vibrant and diverse worlds of microbiomes, and to stimulate public engagement and debate about their importance to human, animal and environmental health.
This month marks the 65th anniversary of James Watson and Francis Crick's groundbreaking paper in Nature, where they elegantly described the double helical structure of DNA. To celebrate, we take a look at the men behind the discovery and give a brief account of their work.