State law protects DNA of Minnesota wild rice

ST. PAUL — The DNA of Minnesota wild rice gets special protection under a new state law adopted this year with the backing of Indian tribes.

Genetic modifications to wild rice will be watched more closely, with environmental impact statements required and permits controlled by the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board.

454 life sciences completes acquisition by Roche

BRANFORD, Conn., May 29, 2007 /PRNewswire/ — 454 Life Sciences announced today the completion of its acquisition by Roche Holdings, Inc. 454 Life Sciences, with its 167 employees, will remain in Branford, Connecticut as a member of the Roche Diagnostics organization.

The 454 Life Sciences, now part of Roche Diagnostics, and researchers from the Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) in Houston, US will present James Watson, co-discoverer of the DNA double helix and developer of the human genome project with his personal genome DNA sequence data at on May 31

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DNA repair technology in sunscreen lotion

AGI Dermatics a biotechnology company specializing in DNA skin repair and  photobiology claims to be working on a DNA damage-control product thus far is called Dimericine Currently in stage-three clinical trials.

Dimericine, the company claims to contain, a customized enzyme that can recognize DNA damage caused by ultraviolet light and speed up repair

“We call it a morning-after lotion. It can be used after sun exposure but before damage has arrived. says the president of the company

Some Soft Drinks May Damage Your DNA

research by a British scientist shows that a preservative used in cold drinks could switch off vital parts of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), causing serious damage to cells particularly in children.

Sodium benzoate or E211 has been used as a preservative for carbonated drinks . It is used to kill yeast, bacteria, and fungi in soft drinks, jam, fruit juice and salad dressing. When mixed with vitamin C, it forms benzene, a carcinogenic substance. Now that part scares me does it mean I cant have my vitamin C tablets with a can of soft drink

The preservative is also found naturally in cranberries, prunes, greengages, cinnamon, ripe cloves and apples. Peter Piper, a molecular biology expert at Sheffield University, studied the preservative and found that it could damage an important part of DNA. “These chemicals have the ability to cause severe damage to DNA in the mitochondria to the point that they totally inactivate it, they knock it out altogether,”

Stein GAVE Bioinformatics Ten Years to Live

Its an old story but looking at whats happening in bioinformatics industry now i think this topics some what relevant. The industry has seen an unprecedented number of mergers and collaboration something unthinkable at the early stages of bioinformatics era.

Lincoln Stein’s keynote at the O’Reilly Bioinformatics Technology Conference was provocatively titled “Bioinformatics: Gone in 2012. it was proved to some level that all the compaies that sproute up are not going to be around for a long time. but it seems 2012 is defenitely not going to be the end of bioinformatics. personalized medicine, functional genomics and theranostics have given it a new lease of life and lot of steam to speed ahead

the old article is present at oreilynetwork 

Science and Genetics -The Hollywood Connection


I thought of actually righting about presence of genetics genomics and biology in Hollywood and popular entertainment and books, here is a collection of blogs and websites on the topic

Prestigious journal makes science sexy again- Scientific American

Science of TV impure but CoolExpert Voice Tv science

Best science fiction Movies – Gadget Maniac

Hollywood on HereditoryThe scientist  

Genetics in BigscreenScience Fiction Biology

Genetics in Movies – GxP genetics Expression

Super Heroes  Watch Mojo

Genetics and culture – Wagner Institute

Genetics Silver screen –USATODAY

Holyywodd frightend of genetics- End of Universe

Genetics art and culture –Centre for Genomics and Society

How Hollywood Vilifies A People –Daily Sun


The Island of Dr. Moreau

Reversing Darwin’s Theory
Murders in the Rue Morgue

28 Days Later   

She Demons


JK Jackson, “Mothering the monsters,” The Scientist, September 1, 2006.


Life Without Soul                                       





Science on TV: Impure But Cool

 Whether You lik real science or Hollywood science scientists are latest it thing on silver screen. with glammer or not they make it interesting for a many people, wel ofcourse not without mistakes. We al have seen atleast one episode of 24, ER, and so on so on.

Scientist has an article on Holyywoods take on genetics and genomics

Fisher is director of the crime laboratory for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and a national spokesman for forensic scientists. He makes his comment in a new Expert Voices blog called Science on TV. The blog is about a recent explosion of entertainment programs with scientists in starring roles, the effect these programs are having on students, and the ambivalent feelings that real scientists sometimes have about being portrayed by sexy actors. 

Science on TV

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