Ancient Farmers Grew Modern Maize

Ancient farmers grew modern maize, according to reports in New Scientist, 22 Nov 2003, p21 and Science vol 302, p1206, 14 Nov 2003. Cultivated maize (corn on the cob) is believed to be derived from a wild plant named teosinte. Teosinte is a branched plant with small kernels that are not very nutritious to humans. […]

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Mutant Butterflies in Japan

Mutant butterflies found in japan, according to an article in Nature Scientific Reports, doi:10.1038/srep00570, 9 August 2012. Scientists from University of the Ryukyus, Nishihara, Okinawa, Japan have studied butterflies from the region affected by the release of radioactive materials from the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant following the great earthquake in March 2011. They collected […]

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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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Adaptable Orchids Use Epigenetics

Adaptable orchids use epigenetics, according to ScienceDaily, 10 Aug 2010 and Molecular Biology and Evolution, 2010; DOI: 10.1093/molbev/msq150. Scientists at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew’s Jodrell Laboratory are studying the effects of epigenetics in orchids to see how they may adapt to environmental changes. Epigenetics refers to changes in the way genes are expressed. These changes […]

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Genetic Study of Wheat

A genetic study of wheat  indicates that wheat was first cultivated in the mountains of southeast Turkey. A group of European researchers from Norway and Germany compared DNA from varieties of einkorn wheat a type of wheat that grows wild in the Middle East and has also been cultivated. Elsewhere the best match between the […]

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