genetic engineering

A novel method of producing the seasonal flu vaccine could speed up the process and provide better protection against infection. For decades, vaccine manufacturers have used chicken eggs to grow the flu virus strains included in the seasonal flu shot. But because these human strains frequently mutate to adapt to their new environment in eggs… Read more

The specific genes that than enable the parasite called Wolbachia to infect insects by hijacking their reproduction have been identified by teams of biologists from Vanderbilt and Yale Universities. Wolbachia is the world most successful parasite, but most people have never heard of it. That’s because because it only infects bugs – millions upon millions… Read more

A unique strategy for reprogramming cells from one type to another in a more efficient, less biased way than previous methods has been developed by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The capability to transform cells from one type to another holds much promise in the area of engineering cells and tissues for therapeutic application… Read more

A long-sought gene in poppies that could unlock the door to more effective painkillers has been discovered by University of York scientists. The gene, named STORR, is found only in poppy species which produce morphinans. The evolution of the STORR gene came about when two other genes, encoding oxidase and reductase enzymes, came together millions… Read more