11-year-old Bertrand Might (center) surrounded by his family, including his father, Matt Might (second from right), and his mother, Cristina Might (second from left). Credit: The Might family Scientists at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute have shown that cells from children with NGLY1 deficiency — a rare disorder first […]

The Oregon plantation in October 2014, the second year of growth. Credit: T. Rosenstiel, Portland State University Field trials in the Northwest and Southwest show that poplar trees can be genetically modified to reduce negative impacts on air quality while leaving their growth potential virtually unchanged, says an Oregon State […]

New study shows exactly how the manner in which mitochondria divide has remained the same since evolution began. Cellular origin is well explained by the “endosymbiotic theory,” which famously states that higher organisms called “eukaryotes” have evolved from more primitive single-celled organisms called “prokaryotes.” This theory also explains that mitochondria—energy-producing […]

The koloa is a “petite, buffy brown and charismatic duck,” similar to a female mallard. Credit: Christopher Malachowski, Oregon State University The endangered Hawaiian duck, or koloa, the only endemic duck remaining on the main Hawaiian Islands, is threatened with genetic extinction due to interbreeding with feral mallards. This has […]

Scientists have found there are likely millions of ways of storing biological information. But why does biology do it the way it does? Scientists computed a zoo of millions of alternate genetic polymer molecular structures, giving context for why biology encodes information how it does, and providing potential leads for […]