Genome editing techniques have progressed rapidly in recent years, allowing to replace sections of DNA with great precision. Every living organism could potentially be edited on the basic genetic level, enhancing or degrading its genetic makeup.
Humanity may be facing two different futures; whether it will be transcending disease or causing corruption of our own gene pool, it will change the world as we know it.
Another weekend in the books, I hope it was an enjoyable one for each and every one of you. Hopefully all of you who are starting another semester of school are as hyped as can be, make it a good one! Best of luck to you all!
As we look to the coming week, and with it the coming transition into September, my case of fall fever gets stronger and stronger! I can’t wait for those cooler temperatures and fall colors. Who else is looking forward to fall?!
Your DNA is not a blueprint. Day by day, week by week, your genes are in a conversation with your surroundings. Your neighbors, your family, your feelings of loneliness: They don’t just get under your skin, they get into the control rooms of your cells.
By and large, most research seeking to attribute a mental life to plants has been discredited over the years. Yet new research coming out of the University of Western Australia shows that while plants may not be able to think, they are—in a way—able to feel.
The UWA researchers arrived at this conclusion after they noticed that a change in the expression of thousands of plant genes occurred just minutes after they were sprayed with water. These genetic changes were short-lived (most reverted to their normal state within half an hour), suggesting that plants are highly in touch with their immediate environment and capable of dynamic responses to changes in their surroundings.
“Unlike animals, plants are unable to run away from harmful conditions,” said Olivier Van Aken, the lead researcher in the study. “Instead, plants appear to have developed intricate stress defense systems to sense their environment and help them detect danger and respond appropriately.
Scientists Discover That Eyes Are Windows To The Soul
The eye is the window to the universe, and some would say they are also windows to the soul… We have heard this phrase get passed around before: “The eyes are the windows of the soul”. People usually say this when they can see pain, anger, or some other emotion in somebody else’s eyes. But recent research gives a whole new meaning to this phrase. Eyes not only windows to emotions, they are windows to the soul.
DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid, is like a blueprint of biological guidelines that a living organism must follow to exist and remain functional. RNA, or ribonucleic acid, helps carry out this blueprint’s guidelines. Of the two, RNA is more versatile than DNA, capable of performing numerous, diverse tasks in an organism, but DNA is more stable and holds more complex information for longer periods of time.
researchers looked at two versions of the gene variant, or “allele”
known as 5-HTTLPR, and found that people with the short version were
more likely to smile and laugh while looking at
cartoons and funny clips from the movie Strangers in Paradise.
They found that people with the short allele displayed a more genuine smile and laugh than people with the long allele.
previous research has found that people with the short variant were more
vulnerable to depression and anxiety, this study also shows that they
are more responsive to the emotional highs of life as well.
the short allele is not bad or risky,” said Dr. Claudia
Haase of Northwestern University, coauthor of the study. “Instead, the
short allele amplifies emotional reactions to both good and bad