Even Elusive Animals Leave DNA, and Clues, Behind

by jeeg 23. January 2015 00:29
  You wouldn’t think hellbenders would be hard to find: The gargantuan salamanders, the biggest amphibians in North America, can grow up to 30 inches long. Yet hellbenders make themselves scarce, living on the bottoms of mountain streams, lurking under massive rocks. As a result, loca... [More]

Should We Resurrect Extinct Animals?

by jeeg 7. August 2014 22:46
  De-extinction is a subject which has fascinated people for many years, and what was once the subject of science fiction and hypothetical debate is now a very real possibility and one which requires some serious discussion. Scientists say that they now have the technology to begin the gene... [More]

'High Tech' DNA Detectives

by jeeg 12. August 2013 18:59
San Diego County Regional Occupation Program (ROP) Biotechnology students at High Tech High School (HTH) recently worked with the San Diego Zoo's Department of Conservation and Research for Endangered Species (CRES) to complete a successful DNA identification process of dried meat in what prov... [More]

'Insect soup' holds DNA key for monitoring biodiversity

by jeeg 5. August 2013 19:12
Scientists at the University of East Anglia have shown that sequencing the DNA of crushed up creepy crawlies can accelerate the monitoring and cataloguing of biodiversity around the world. Scientists at the University of East Anglia have shown that sequencing the DNA of crushed up creepy crawlies ... [More]

'De-Extinction' Of Woolly Mammoth & Other Ancient Animals Could Become Reality, Scientists Say

by jeeg 20. March 2013 22:30
Biologists briefly brought the extinct Pyrenean ibex back to life in 2003 by creating a clone from a frozen tissue sample harvested before the goat's entire population vanished in 2000. The clone survived just seven minutes after birth, but it gave scientists hope that "de-extinction," once a pi... [More]

Numbers trump genetic diversity in survival stakes

by jeeg 9. August 2012 22:31
As a species tumbles towards extinction, populations with few members are more likely to die off than those with low genetic diversity. At least that’s the message from a 12-year-long experiment by husband-and-wife team Tim Wootton and Cathy Pfister of the University of Chicago in Illinois. ... [More]

New Issue of GeneWatch Magazine: Genetics and Animal Biodiversity

by jeeg 29. May 2012 23:22
Genetic technologies are increasingly useful for understanding and protecting biodiversity, but they can also drain limited resources and some have the very real potential to do harm.       The new issue of GeneWatch magazine, now available online, brings together a dive... [More]
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