Highlights / genome

Environment & Animal Life, Health, International, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

CRISPR: Ethics and the gene editing of humans

By making genetic research so much easier, the recent technology known as CRISPR has allowed scientists an enormous advantage in research into so many areas. Unfortunately there’s a downside which raises serious ethical questions. Françoise Baylis (CM, ONS, PhD, FRSC, »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International, Internet, Science & Technology

Corporate control of marine biodiversity

(Skype interview at bottom) A recent study revealed a surprising fact: corporations control a large percentage of patents associated with genomes from marine organisms. An international study involving researchers from the University of British Columbia and the Stockholm Resilience Centre »

Environment & Animal Life, Internet, Science & Technology

The detailed genetic history of elephants

Mammoths, mastodons, straight-tusked elephants, and living species; an international team of scientists have established the most complete genomic history of elephants. They’re produced complete genomes of 14 species, from long extinct, to living elephant species. Evolutionary geneticist Hendrik Poinar (PhD) »

Environment & Animal Life, Internet, Science & Technology

Beluga whale genome sequenced in Canada

Beluga whales Qila and Aurora fell ill and died at the Vancouver Aquarium in November 2016 but their DNA will contribute to efforts to preserve this species at risk. Researchers say they have collected enough DNA samples from the mother »

Environment & Animal Life, Health, International, Internet, Science & Technology

How study of a rare rat genome may relate to humans

The study involves an obscure little rodent living in the deserts of Argentina. Though obscure, the rat is unique in the world. It seems to be the only mammal that has undergone a huge genome expansion resulting in a larger genome »

Health, International

New epigenome map will help disease research for years to come.

A massive mapping project to understand human epigenomes has been created. These are the “directors” that provide instructions to genes on how and when to function in protein and cell creation. Steven Jones PhD explains the significance of the development. »