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Updated Articles and Resources
  • Make TAE Buffer Created: Friday, June 08, 2007 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
    Simple instructions on making stock and working solutions of Tris-acetate-EDTA (TAE) buffer for gel electrophoresis.
  • What are GMOs? Created: Tuesday, July 17, 2007 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
    GMOs are making news nearly every day and issues surrounding their safety are a source of ongoing debate in the food and biotechnology industry. Read about what GMOs are and why they are a source o...
  • Enzymes Created: Monday, March 05, 2007 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
    An explanation of what enzymes are, their basic structure, and how they function in cellular processes.
  • Bioethics Created: Friday, June 22, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
    The term bioethics defined. Biotech / Biomedical.
  • Plasmids Created: Monday, August 02, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
    The role of plasmids as vectors for gene transfer.
  • Food Biotechnology Created: Saturday, May 02, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
    Many of the changes in food biotechnology have meant indisputable improvements to our safety and health, while others are more controversial.
  • Comments on Myriad Gene Patent Case Created: Sunday, January 06, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, March 04, 2014
    Reader comments on Myriad gene patent case
  • Comments on Six Biotech Developments in 2012 and Predictions for Next Year Created: Saturday, January 05, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, March 04, 2014
    Six Biotech Developments in 2012 and Predictions for Next Year article comment forum
  • What Are GMOs and How Are They Made? Created: Friday, August 31, 2012 Updated: Monday, February 10, 2014
    If you want to understand the basic procedure for genetically engineering plants and animals, take a look at this article.
  • Have a Care for Your Heart on Valentine's Day Created: Sunday, February 09, 2014 Updated: Monday, February 10, 2014
    The heart has been a symbol of love and desire since ancient times. Take a few minutes on Valentine's Day to tend to both the romantic and physical needs of this critical organ that sustains us.
  • The Costly Game of Drug Discovery Created: Friday, January 31, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, February 05, 2014
    Only about 30 new drugs are approved each year. How are these new drugs identified? From where do companies find the chemicals, antibodies, peptides and other molecules that they test and try to get approved? Also, why is it so expensive to develop new drugs? Discover how new medicines are found. (Posted: Jan 31, 2014)
  • Pressure from Patients and Payers Is Changing Drug Development Created: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 Updated: Friday, January 31, 2014
    An increased understanding of disease, escalating healthcare costs and informed patient groups are having a transformative impact on the development and approvals of new therapeutics. What do pharmaceutical and biotech companies need to do to account for these changes to maximize the success of their drug development programs? This summary of a panel discussion at the Biotech Showcase on the Changing Dynamics of the Drug Development Ecosystem provides some insight. (Posted: Jan 22, 2014)
  • 6 Biotech and Biomedical Advances on Horizon in 2014 Created: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 Updated: Friday, January 17, 2014
    What are the key biomedical developments expected in 2014? What new discoveries are anticipated, or new disease treatments that might pan out? Will the 2013 biotech boom continue? Check out these 6...
  • Are There Pesticides in Some GMOs? Created: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 Updated: Thursday, January 02, 2014
    Have some genetically modified crops have been genetically engineered to express insecticide? Yes. Some GMOs express a protein from a bacteria called Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) that kills insects. Is this a reason to be concerned about eating these GM-crops? Not really. Read why there is little reason to be concerned about Bt-GMOs. (Posted: Dec. 30, 2013)
  • The Six Big Biotech Stories of 2013 Created: Saturday, December 21, 2013 Updated: Saturday, December 21, 2013
    What were the biggest and most exciting happening in biotechnology and biomedicine over the past year? Check out these six developments that shook up bioscience and biomedical research.
  • Food Allergies, Intolerance, and Genetic Engineering Created: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 Updated: Thursday, December 19, 2013
    Groups concerned about the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) often cite concerns about the dangers of unknown allergies from engineered food sources. How significant is this concern? Is it hype or a real danger? (Published: Dec 19, 2013)
  • The Truth about GMOs: They Are All Different Created: Saturday, November 30, 2013 Updated: Saturday, December 07, 2013
    Why are GMOs talked about and thought of as a category? Genetic modification refers to how the strain of plants were made, not what they are. GMOs really have no distinct characteristics as a class yet there are constant debates about whether they are safe, if they should be cultivated, why they should be labeled. It's about time to drop the myth that all GMOs are somehow similar. (Posted: Dec 4, 2013)
  • Playing Around with Genes in Your Spare Time Created: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, November 27, 2013
    The emerging trend of DIY biotechnology has some worried and others excited. However, it is just a natural extension of maturing life science research. More and more, individuals are trying to put our ever advancing knowledge and capabilities to design and manipulate living organisms to use in solving everyday problems. Who are these biohackers, what are they working on, and how do they support their efforts? (Posted: Nov. 27, 2013)
  • The Strange Bird We Bring Home for Thanksgiving Dinner Created: Monday, November 19, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, November 20, 2013
    Gene splicing and DNA engineering isn't the only way to modify genetics. Given a bit of time, selective breeding can produce some strange results too, such as the odd looking bird that's the center of our Thanksgiving feast.
  • Breeding Versus Engineering to Make Drought Tolerant Corn Created: Friday, September 07, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, November 20, 2013
    Three strains of drought resistant corn are current making their way to farmer’s fields. Two of the strains, from Syngenta and Pioneer, were developed using advanced genetic breeding approaches, whereas Monsanto’s corn was developed using genetic engineering. While both approaches were somewhat successful, it is clear these are the first generation of these plant hybrids. It is likely that further improvements could be made using each approach or a combination of the two.
  • CRISPR: What's All the Excitement About? Created: Monday, September 30, 2013 Updated: Thursday, November 07, 2013
    Have you heard of the new genetic engineering tool that generating lots of excitement? Since the discovery of their ability to target and cut DNA, CRISPRs have become the latest rage for genomic researchers. Find out what all the excitement is about. (Posted: Sept 30, 2013)
  • Synthetic Biology: The Next Step in Genetic Engineering Created: Thursday, October 31, 2013 Updated: Thursday, November 07, 2013
    How difficult is it to make a new organism from scratch? It is routine now to synthesize whole genes, so why not whole genomes to make completely new organisms. Synthetic biology attempts to emphasize the engineering aspect of genetic engineering to design and produce biologically engineered solutions to pressing global problems. How feasible is this? (Posted: Nov 5, 2013)
  • The Increasing Challenges to Making New and Better Drugs Created: Thursday, October 31, 2013 Updated: Thursday, October 31, 2013
    Advances in biomedical research are coming faster than ever but drug development is sputtering. What's the problem? Researchers understand more about the causes of disease than ever before and personalized medicine is finally becoming a reality. However, pharma companies continue to only release a few new drugs a year. Why is there a disconnect? (Posted: Oct 30, 2013)
  • The Battle to Vanquish Death Created: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 Updated: Thursday, October 24, 2013
    Is death inevitable or will science eventually figure out a way to conquer it? Could science eventually keep people alive forever or bring back dead loved ones? Biomedical research is continually pushing back the boundaries of death. How far could this research eventually go? (Posted: Oct. 23, 2013)
  • Prions, Alzheimer's, Protein Folding, and Mice Created: Monday, October 14, 2013 Updated: Monday, October 14, 2013
    Recently a drug was identified that can stop brain degeneration in mice with prion disease. The results have big implications for the treatment of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other neurodegenerative diseases. Why? (Posted: October 14, 2013)
  • Looking for a Way to Cure Aging Created: Saturday, September 29, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, October 01, 2013
    Are the traits associated with age (e.g., wrinkles, hearing loss, dementia) just unrelated conditions or part of a single underlying biological program? Leading age researcher Linda Partridge's wo...
  • Elizabeth Iorns Explains the Reproducibility Initiative Created: Sunday, September 29, 2013 Updated: Sunday, September 29, 2013
    Many, if not most, peer-reviewed biomedical studies cannot be replicated independently. Surprised? This situation wastes time and money in the race to develop new cures. Elizabeth Iorns, with coll...
  • BGI Plans to Sequence the World Created: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 Updated: Thursday, September 19, 2013
    In less than 15 years, BGI has grown from a small research institute in Beijing China to the largest DNA sequence provider in the world. How did this Chinese company, now based in Shenzhen, become ...
  • Are Science Publications Too “Old School” for 21st Century Bioscience? Created: Thursday, February 28, 2013 Updated: Saturday, September 07, 2013
    The rate of discovery in biomedical research is accelerating. However, the slow trickle of increasing complex results through the peer review publications make it difficult for healthcare professi...
  • Broad-Scale System-Wide Protein Analysis with LC/MS Created: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 Updated: Saturday, September 07, 2013
    Living things are made of proteins, not DNA. However, while next generation DNA sequencing has enabled the completion of the human genome and ushered in the era of personalized medicine, protein a...
  • The Need for Cheaper and Faster DNA Sequencing Created: Sunday, April 22, 2012 Updated: Saturday, September 07, 2013
    Methods to sequence DNA have been used in labs for 30 years, why is there suddenly so much interest in sequencing technology and what is "next generation" sequencing? Development of new DNA sequen...
  • What is the Concern over Germ Line Gene Therapy? Created: Monday, May 07, 2012 Updated: Saturday, September 07, 2013
    As the first gene therapy approaches are nearing FDA approval, it is important to make the distinction between somatic cell and germ line genetic manipulation. Although therapies on sperm and egg ...

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