Tree research has many challenges – do not let DNA isolation to be one of them

By: Modhumita Dasgupta, PhD, Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding I joined for my doctoral research in sorghum in 1994 in Prof. Ulaganthan’s laboratory at Centre for Plant Molecular Biology, Osmania University, India. In those days, nucleic acid isolation was predominantly done using manual methods. Genomic DNA isolation could be done with ease, while 

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And now we have to deal with Monkeypox?

While we are coming to the realization that COVID is going to continue to be with us, we are now experiencing a new outbreak of monkeypox! What is monkeypox? Monkeypox is a viral-based infectious disease (family: Poxviridae, genus: Orthopoxvirus) that infects several species of mammals. Natural hosts include dormice, tree squirrels, Gambian pouched rats and 

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Interleukin-2 Drug Factories Eliminate Cancer in Mice

Bioengineers from Rice University are working to develop “drug factories” to target and fight cancer. Their new study, published in Science Advances, focused on using these drug factories to fight ovarian and colorectal cancer in mice and could potentially begin human clinical trials before the end of the year.             This study used our MC-38 

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The Role of Chromatin and DNA Damage in Neurodegenerative Disorders

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has recently been conducting research on pediatric neurodegenerative disorders defined by mutations that affect DNA repair proteins and trigger progressive loss of Purkinje cells. The main two diseases they focused their research on were ataxia telangiectasia (A-T) and ataxia with oculomotor apraxia 1 (AOA1), which involve issues with motor skills 

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The Importance of Chickens in Immunological Research

The study of chicken immunology has become increasingly significant as chickens are the world’s main source of meat. Because they are known to spread many infectious diseases, it is important to understand the host-pathogen relationship in order to prevent the transfer of zoonotic pathogens from poultry to humans as well as the development of therapeutic 

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Nominate Your Lab Manager!

Do you know an outstanding lab manager deserving recognition? This quarter, we invite you to nominate your lab manager to be featured in our upcoming newsletter, social media channels and blog. The winners will be randomly selected for a chance to win a $1,000 gift card plus $250 for their lab! The process is simple: 

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Exploring the Structure of Human RNA Polymerase I

Research led by European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) scientists has been able to offer a more in-depth look into the connection between RNA polymerase I (Pol I) and mutation-linked diseases. Cryo-electron microscopy enabled researchers to view the structure of human Pol I at a more detailed level than ever before, insight that could be useful 

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