Shakespeare’s Monkeys

Shakespeare’s Monkeys. The idea that monkeys typing at random could eventually produce the works of Shakespeare by random typing was put the test by researchers at Plymouth University in England, as reported by Associated Press May 9, 2003. They found that six monkeys left with a computer for one month, attacked the machine and failed […]

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Location Matters for Genes

Location matters for genes, according to a report in New Scientist, p12, 15 September 2001. At a meeting of the British Association Wendy Bickmore explained that our genes are organised so that the most active genes are in the centre of the nucleus and the less active parts of the genome arranged around the outside. […]

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Genome is Not Junk

Genome is not junk according to results of a massive project named ENCODE reported in ABC News in Science, BBC News, ScienceNOW, Biology News Net and ScienceDaily 5 September 2012. The ENCODE project, or Encyclopedia of DNA Elements, is a detailed analysis of the human genome conducted by hundreds of scientists working in 32 institutions, […]

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Fantom Finds Genetic Words

“Fantom” project finds genetic words, reported in the Courier Mail 3 Sep 2005 and Science vol. 309, p1559, 2 Sep 2005. A group of scientists working in Australia, Japan and Greece has studied the mouse genome to see how genetic information is organised and used within cells. The project, called FANTOM, for Function Annotation of […]

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Digital DNA Storage

Digital DNA storage developed, according to Nature News, ScienceNOW and Science DOI: 10.1126/science.1226355 16 August 2012 and ScienceDaily 17 August 2012. A team of scientists led by George Church of Harvard Medical School have developed a method of storing digital information on DNA. DNA information is encoded in a 4-letter system, A, T, C, and […]

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