Soybean Oil, Meal, and Beans

New CRISPR-Cpf1 Used To Make Soybeans Healthier With No DNA Change

CRISPR’s capabilities have been expanded once again, this time to be used to increase the amount of healthy fats in soybeans. Let’s skip right into the details for once without any backstory. To The Research! Researchers at the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) in South Korea have been working on their own variant of CRISPR […]

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Genetically Modified Egg-Less Hens Used For Rare Bird Breeding

Just because new techniques and technologies are developed doesn’t mean the oldies aren’t still as useful as they were before. Today’s topic is related to the topic of de-extinction, in that the methods used are actually quite similar. And since this topic is being used to save the populations of rare and endangered birds, I […]

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Scientists create a biorobotic diode to treat degenerative diseases

What do the terms biorobotics and biocomputing mean to you? For some of you in the know, you may think to bring up the research to design robotic systems that mimic living movements and activities, a la the MIT Cheetah robot. And, while this is indeed a form of biorobotics, it’s on the opposite end […]

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Is It Ethical To Conduct Human Genetic Modifications?

Is it ethical to conduct genetic modifications on humans? It’s one thing to discuss such modifications to be done on adults that are requesting it, but what about with infants or fetuses? That’s where the conversation becomes much more complicated. The Other Concerns Most people would likely agree that modification of defective genes that would […]

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A Tenet Of Evolutionary Biology May Be Completely Wrong

Not every tenet of science is set in stone. That’s often been seen in fields like physics and astronomy over the past few decades, where huge innovations and discoveries have been made. But biology isn’t isolated from these sorts of findings. Today’s topic of discussion is new research that calls one of the tenets of […]

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The Development Of An Environmentally Friendly Pesticide

Pesticides are a necessity in agriculture. Prior to the use of pesticides in any form, farmers would often find their livelihood under siege by pests from every type, fungi, insect, microbial, and other plants. Yields could drop precipitously from any severe infestation. Plants themselves also agree, with each type of plant producing dozens of pesticides […]

How To Teach Plants To Use Their Energy Wallet More Efficiently

Proteins make up everything living that matters. Okay, sure, DNA actually makes up everything, but DNA just exists to transcribe and make proteins. It’s the proteins that actually get the work done. All the tiny cellular work that eventually causes macroscopic bodily changes. So, give proteins a little thank you every once in a while. […]

Climate Change: What Effect Will It Have On Plants?

Temperature, rainfall, soil stability, and many other factors contribute to plant growth (and in turn successful agriculture). Humans do our best to help influence and manipulate these conditions to improve our ability to grow crops, but even this is unable to change the basic fact that there are certain areas of the world that are […]

Fighting The Agricultural Pestilence Of The Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus

Among all the plant diseases and pests that those in agriculture face, it is often the viral-based conditions that prove the most troubling and difficult to manage. Unlike weed or insect-based attacks that can be combated with various types of pesticides or direct action, viruses have no explicit counter when working in agriculture. Vaccines for […]

Quinua (Quinoa) plants near Cachora, Apurímac, Peru. Altitude: 3800m

Deciphering The Genetic Secrets Of The Pseudocereal Quinoa

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. In connection to past discussions on food scarcity, changing climate, and using genetic […]