Plant hackers at work: microscopic oomycete spores infiltrating a plant root.
Oomycete spores hack into plants to get what they need, causing agricultural disease. Can researchers figure out how to close plants' security loopholes and create more resilient crops?
Sequencing the tea plant's genome could help scientists breed new varieties that thrive in the degrading soil of tea farms.
Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are at the center of Zika virus’ spread.
Look beyond transgenic techniques that add new genes to a species. People have used selective breeding techniques to change plants and animals for millennia – why not try them on mosquitoes?
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We've bred them into all shapes and sizes, but dogs haven't been around for long enough to have evolved beyond Canis familiaris.
There goes some precious DNA….
Researchers want your canine's DNA to help unravel the connections between genes and behavior – for dogs and human beings.
Cornfield, GMO or not?
People have been changing plant genomes ever since agriculture got started thousands of years ago. Here are the high-tech ways researchers insert new genes into plants now.
How much of Black Caviar’s racing prowess will be passed to her foal?
The win of Japanese stayer Admire Rakti in the Caulfield Cup, followed by Irish bred colt Adelaide’s win in the Cox Plate last Saturday, has brought into question the stamina (staying) credentials of Australian…
Laboratory-based genetic modification is relatively new when you consider the centuries of selective breeding that precedes it.
Welcome to GM in Australia, a series looking at the facts, ethics, regulations and research into genetically modified crops. In this first instalment, Peter Langridge describes two GM techniques: selective…