Research Highlights: Non-DNA Methylation Related Changes in Renal Cancer Cell

Original Article: https://doi.org/10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-15-2622 Gene expression refers to how often or when proteins are made using genetic instructions. Epigenetics involves gene expression control by factors not related to the sequences of DNA. Epigenetic changes can turn genes on or off and determine which proteins will be produced. DNA methylation is an epigenetics mechanism of chromatin remodeling … Continue reading Research Highlights: Non-DNA Methylation Related Changes in Renal Cancer Cell

Research Highlights: Determining How Long DNA Last in Resin-Embedded Insects

Original Article: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0239521 There were past claims about fossil DNA recovery from different organisms such as bacteria, plants, insects, and mammals dating back in time from thousands to million years ago. Many of these recovery claims especially those described from million-year-old amber have faced criticism. Such criticism includes DNA recovery claims as being the result … Continue reading Research Highlights: Determining How Long DNA Last in Resin-Embedded Insects

Research Highlights: Synthetic DNA therapy – An alternative treatment for prostate cancer

Synthetic DNA therapy – An alternative treatment for prostate cancer Prostate cancer is a malignant growth of cells in prostate glands. The prostate is where the production of fluid that makes up the semen, and is involved in bladder control regulation. Prostate specific antigen or PSA is a protein made by both cancerous and non-cancerous … Continue reading Research Highlights: Synthetic DNA therapy – An alternative treatment for prostate cancer

On Going Research: CSUSM researchers seek to understand antibiotic resistance among microbes in coastal areas

CSUSM researchers seek to understand antibiotic resistance among microbes in coastal areas Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria tolerate the presence of a drug because of some gene mutations. Antibiotic resistance is currently a threat to global health. Microbial antibiotic resistance can spread from one microbe to another through horizontal gene transfer. Horizontal gene transfer is … Continue reading On Going Research: CSUSM researchers seek to understand antibiotic resistance among microbes in coastal areas

Highlights: Combined Use of the MiniPCR Thermocycler and a Well-Plate Reader As An Alternative COVID-19 Virus Detection

The research article was published on August 13, 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has crudely showed the need for huge and rapid diagnostics. More than 10 million positive cases of COVID-19 have been reported around the world on the early weeks of July 2020. In the case of an epidemic emergency, the first line of response … Continue reading Highlights: Combined Use of the MiniPCR Thermocycler and a Well-Plate Reader As An Alternative COVID-19 Virus Detection

Highlights: Semen Microbiome, Sperm Impact, and Male Fertility

PMID: 32794312 DOI: 10.1111/andr.12886 Male factor is regarded as being the cause of up to 50 percent of cases of infertility. Studies demonstrate that bacteria can affect sperm function negatively. Utilizing the next-generation sequencing (NGS) techniques have provided a better understanding of the human microbiome. Dysbiosis has been reported to impact health. Dysbiosis is a term for … Continue reading Highlights: Semen Microbiome, Sperm Impact, and Male Fertility

Lab Report Sample: Sequencing Genomic DNA of Cyanobacteria Isolated from Anza-Borrego Stromatolites

Disclaimer: This is not a peer-reviewed research article but an example of laboratory report based from a biology course at California State University San Marcos. Authors: Benison Zerrudo, Esperanza Valle (California State University San Marcos) ABSTRACT Stromatolites offer an aspect of evolution which gave researchers an interest in its microbial composition. Photosynthetic bacteria are generally … Continue reading Lab Report Sample: Sequencing Genomic DNA of Cyanobacteria Isolated from Anza-Borrego Stromatolites

Research Highlights: Researchers provide first insight into arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi found in desert habitats

Researchers provide first insight into arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi found in desert habitats Deserts fill a significant part of the Earth’s surface and continue to expand due to an effect of climate change. Arbuscular mycorrhiza is a type of fungal root in which the symbiont fungus enters the root’s cortical cell of a vascular plant.[1] Mutualistic … Continue reading Research Highlights: Researchers provide first insight into arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi found in desert habitats

(White Paper Sample) Light Promoter Elements: An Alternative To Conventional Chemical-Regulated Systems

Disclaimer: This is not a peer-reviewed article, but an example of a white paper based on an undergraduate biotechnology course at California State University-San Marcos. Author: Benison P. Zerrudo ABSTRACT Microalgae have been an important organism in a wide range of industries. They are used in the production of biofuels, used in the food industry, … Continue reading (White Paper Sample) Light Promoter Elements: An Alternative To Conventional Chemical-Regulated Systems

Non-Photosynthetic Alga Enhances the Reductive Evolution of Plastid Electron Transport System

Non-Photosynthetic Alga Enhances the Reductive Evolution of Plastid Electron Transport System Reductive evolution is the process by which genes are lost due to intracellular habitat (Wixon, 2001). This is evident in the organelle called plastid of non-photosynthetic algae and plants. Non-photosynthetic plastid retains various metabolic pathways involving redox reactions. However, there is a lack of … Continue reading Non-Photosynthetic Alga Enhances the Reductive Evolution of Plastid Electron Transport System