New technology harnesses bacterial jumping genes for precise DNA integration

A new discovery by researchers at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons could fix one of the major shortcomings of current gene-editing tools, including CRISPR, and offer a powerful new approach for...

New robust and efficient methods for the production of new peptide drugs

Many important natural products such as antibiotics, immunosuppressants, or anti-cancer drugs are produced by microorganisms. These natural products are often small peptides, which in several cases are too complex for a chemical synthesis in...

Honeybee mite raises bumblebee virus risk

Credit: Sophie Hedges A mite that spreads a dangerous virus among honeybees also plays an indirect role in infecting wild bumblebees, new research shows. The Varroa destructor mite lives on honeybees and can spread deformed...

CRISPR Jumps in New Direction

Two papers, one published today in Nature and the other last week in Science, describe a new mechanism in which bacterial transposons associate with CRISPR-Cas systems to allow for RNA-guided DNA insertion. Both papers show that...

Trump Administration Proposes Deregulatory Shift on Agricultural Biotechnology – CSPI Newsroom

Article Statement of CSPI Biotechnology Director Greg Jaffe June 12, 2019 If American consumers are going to see the benefits of foods made with genetic engineering or gene editing technology, they will need to have...

Biotechnology construction kit for custom-designed products – Nanowerk

Jun 12, 2019 (Nanowerk News) Microorganisms often assemble natural products similar to product assembly lines. Certain enzymes, non-ribosomal peptide synthetases (NRPS), play a key role in this process. Biotechnologists at Goethe University have now...

Study: Underweight boys and overweight girls have increased risk of depression

The results of a large community-based study have shown that the probability of major depressive disorder in children and adolescents with high, low, or normal body mass index differs according to gender. Underweight boys...

Why fears over smartphone ‘addiction’ are based on flawed evidence

Credit: Lancaster University Most studies into the impact of technology use on psychological wellbeing rely on flawed measures say researchers. Surveys are often used to understand how people...

Executive Order on Modernizing Regulatory Framework for Agricultural Biotechnology Products – Mirage News

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to conduct Federal oversight of agricultural biotechnology products that...

GENcast: Microbiome Research is More Than Just a Gut Reaction

Over the years, the field of Microbiology has spawned some of the most important discoveries across all of the biological sciences. The emergence of innovative research on the microbiome and its connection to human...