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Overcoming drought-intolerance in maize to feed the growing Asian population

Posted on Wed, Feb 15, 2017 @ 07:53 AM


Demand for maize is increasing due to an increased number of people transitioning to meat-based diets driving demand for animal feed. Drought has been identified as the number one factor in impacting maize yields in the region. Over 80% of maize grown in tropical Asia is rainfed, leaving the 19 million hectares of maize subject to stress caused by variations in monsoon rains. As such, maize is a good point of reference when thinking about the importance of production of drought-tolerant crops (Zaidi, et al., 2016).

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Topics: Genomics, Genotyping, KASP

Automate to Accelerate and Scale-up SNP-based Genotyping Workflows!

Posted on Thu, Feb 02, 2017 @ 07:14 AM

The advent of and ongoing improvements to next-generation sequencing technologies is driving the continuing and extensive discovery of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in a wide range of species. As a consequence of their large numbers and genome-wide distribution, SNPs are the molecular marker of choice in plant, animal, and human genetic research.

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Topics: Genomics, SLAS2017

Multiple Misunderstandings: Learning from Genetic Determinism

Posted on Mon, Jan 23, 2017 @ 08:12 AM

Nature versus nurture. It’s a tale as old as time.

When Craig Venter made the comment after the human genome sequence was published, that “the behavior, character and physiology of individual human beings” aren’t wholly determined by their genetic make-up, and that our “environments are critical” – he wasn’t wrong.

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Topics: Genomics

Helping to Feed the World with Genotyping by Sequencing

Posted on Tue, Jan 17, 2017 @ 07:42 PM

Many areas critical to improved agricultural production require robust and scalable genotyping platforms to enable the mapping of traits in plants and livestock as part of marker assisted selection (MAS) and marker assisted breeding (MAB) programmes.

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Topics: Genomics, Genotyping, Sequencing, GBS

Multiplex your qPCR and Walk-away

Posted on Thu, Dec 15, 2016 @ 08:17 AM

It seems everyone wants to do more with less, and automate the process as well.  But this can cause a number of challenges for even a traditional molecular diagnostics tool such as PCR.

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Topics: Genomics, Douglas Scientific, IntelliQube, qPCR

On Your Mark, Get Set, Map!

Posted on Mon, Dec 12, 2016 @ 08:10 AM

You wouldn’t just read the first chapter of a book and then stop. Nor would you go to the theatre and see one act of a play and then leave. Same was true for DNA sequencing. Once scientists began to reveal human genes in the 1980s, they began to wonder, why not expose the entire human genetic code?

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Topics: Genomics

A Stellar-is Year in the Making

Posted on Wed, Dec 07, 2016 @ 08:05 AM

 It wouldn't be fair to close out 2016 without showcasing the stellar year that Stellaris® RNA FISH has had. Take a closer look at our top 10 highlights from the past year - mind blowing images are only the beginning!

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Topics: Product Information, RNA FISH, Genomics, Stellaris

Molded for our Purpose

Posted on Mon, Dec 05, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

With the discovery of the double helix, we learned how genes are copied and how genetic information was passed on. From there, Francis Crick, Marhsall Nirenberg and Jacques Monod, cracked the genetic code and discovered how genes perform other vital tasks besides copying themselves. Unlocking this code brought about Hermann Muller’s realization that there could be a possibility to introduce mutations, allowing humanity to direct evolution in desirable ways.

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Topics: Genomics

Buddy Up: The Double Helix

Posted on Mon, Nov 28, 2016 @ 07:15 AM

The secret of life. That’s what Francis Crick and James Watson claimed they had discovered back in Cambridge, England on February 28, 1953. Only 36 and 24-years-old respectively, the two scientists were met with skepticism when they brought up their theory of what the structure of DNA looked like.

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Topics: Genomics

Genes, Proteins & DNA: Our Hereditary Software

Posted on Mon, Nov 21, 2016 @ 07:17 AM

In the early 1900s, scientists found that the function of genes was to make proteins, disproving the earlier idea that genes make proteins themselves. This greatly impacted medical treatment. While it is difficult to change a defective gene that causes disease, some genetic conditions can be treated more directly by replacing a missing protein. For example, hemophiliacs can be treated with a blood-clotting enzyme that their bodies, due to their genes, cannot produce themselves.

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Topics: Genomics

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