Horizontal Gene Transfer in Plants: More Common Than You’d Think

Welcome to Miniposts, a series of articles based on posts made to the Bioscription Facebook page. Due to their often lengthy nature, it was decided that reposting them to the main site was appropriate. Please go here to view the original post. How common is transgenic gene transfer between organisms in the wild? Depending on […]

Modified CRISPR/Cas9 Creates Tuberculosis-Resistant Cows

Welcome to Miniposts, a series of articles based on posts made to the Bioscription Facebook page. Due to their often lengthy nature, it was decided that reposting them to the main site was appropriate. Please go here to view the original post. A significant accomplishment with CRISPR has been recently achieved. You may have heard […]

Fish Need Vaccinations Too: Fish Farming and Aquaculture

A major concern related to the ever-increasing population of humanity globally is the also increasing amount of overfishing and over-usage of some environments for agriculture. The response to the former has been to push more for aquaculture, essentially fish farming, in order to allow oceanic and river fish environments to recover from the effects of […]

Smoking Leads to Weight Loss? Fact-Checking With Nematodes

Smoking has long had a cultural history associated with weight loss. Even without understanding the biochemistry involved, ancient peoples and cultures all the way up to modern times have associated smoking with appetite suppression. Going off smoking has then often resulted in huge weight gain, related to a higher caloric intake afterward and a slower […]

Debunking Pseudoscientists: RNA From Food Can’t Change Your Genes

As science progresses, new methods are developed to accomplish tasks. Some help medical and agricultural science work faster, others allow completely news ways of doing things. In the business of promoting new crop traits, CRISPR is one example of a revolutionary new technology that opens up new avenues. But it isn’t the only one. In […]

Monsanto’s Bt Corn: Saving Africa One Seed at a Time

Corn has become one of the primary crops grown in Africa over the years, largely in subsistence farming to feed populations. Being a versatile crop that can grow in a variety of environments, especially warmer ones, it is no surprise that corn cultivation has thrived in Africa. Such as in South Africa that has been […]

Beating Back Viruses with CRISPR and Genetically Modified Rockcress

Agriculture is a constant battle against viruses and bacteria, while farmers try to protect their crops through the means available to them. The cost of yield losses and undesirable crops worldwide due to these invaders is an astronomical number every single year. Thus, any opportunity to provide protection against a wide swath of the attackers […]

Protein Render Cancer

Motor protein involvement in cancer formation in GMO mice

Sadly for all researchers in the field, the way cancer works is highly varied and dependent on the specific type. Because of that, each different type of cancer has to be investigated separately and all of the mechanisms involved deciphered one by one, meaning any proper treatment or cure for a single type of cancer […]