genetics

In Pursuit Of Herbicide-Resistant, High-Yield Rice

The gene HIS1 in rice plants is essential for herbicide resistance, say researchers in Japan.

DNA Damage In Early Life Linked To Lung Cancer

Using whole-genome sequencing techniques, researchers in South Korea have found that some lung cancer-associated mutations can occur decades before the disease presents itself.

7 Must-Read Stories In April 2019

April 2019 saw the passing of Dr Sydney Brenner, but his legacy lives on, and the march of science continues in many laboratories around the world.

A Wrinkled Approach To Producing Plant Oils

Singapore-based scientists have modified the Wrinkled1 gene in plants to raise seed oil yield by up to 15 percent.

Alcohol Intake Linked To Stroke Risk In East Asians

An international team of researchers has found that alcohol increases stroke risk by about 35 percent for every 280 grams of alcohol a week in East Asians.

Monkeys With Human Gene Show Improved Cognitive Performance

Researchers in China have improved the working memory and reaction time of transgenic monkeys bearing a human gene that regulates brain development.

Why The Japanese Are More Susceptible To ILD Than Europeans

A study led by Japanese researchers has revealed that a variant of the gene encoding mucin 5b is linked to heightened vulnerability to interstitial lung disease among the Japanese compared to Europeans.

Asia’s Rising Scientists: Sherry Aw

Making discoveries on the fly is all in a day's work for Dr. Sherry Aw, one of three scientists from the Asia-Pacific to be recognized as a L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women In Science International Rising Talent in 2019.

Scientists Decode The Genome Of The Pacific White Shrimp

The Pacific white shrimp's genome spans approximately 1.66 Gb and contains 25,596 protein-coding genes.