Category: Molecular Biology

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The Knockout Mouse

A few weeks ago someone asked me how researchers were able to create ‘designer’ animals with bits of their genetic code removed. It sounds like something from science fiction! We call these animals ‘knockouts’...

The effects of Pax6 on eye development 0

How to Build an Eye

I came across a paper today with this fantastic image that I simply had to write about. It’s another Open Access paper, published in PLOS Biology. The image shows an eye from a human,...

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How to Build a Snake

This is a really fascinating bit of research carried out by scientists looking into the body plan of snakes. They discover how a single DNA letter change, a C to a T, was able...

RNAi petunia phenotype 2

Interfering with RNA

A birthday tribute to someone I really admire here on G+, who is an amazing mentor and friend. Happy Birthday +Rajini Rao, hope you have a wonderful year ahead and it’s been a pleasure...