Here we collect interesting topics and drafts that might one day inspire Synthetic Biologists to create new innovations.
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It explains that a single mutation from the cell wall of the tuberculose bakteria allowed fleas to become resistant to those and thus be the cause of many pest epidemics
"Scientists have found a relationship between genetic risk factors for autism and intelligence. According to the results, genes that are associated with the development of autism spectrum disorders are also linked with better cognitive ability in members of the general population who do not have these conditions."
- Danger: Ladybugs as Zombie Bodyguard — Twenty days after a female lays its eggs inside a poor unsuspecting ladybug, a single larva rudely bursts out from the beetle’s abdomen and spins a cocoon between its legs. What happens next is truly bizarre: The ladybird is effectively turned into a bodyguard, sticking to the cocoon like glue and remaining completely still apart from involuntary twitches and shakes that scare off predators.
- Squid can rewrite their own DNA on demand — A species of squid has been observed editing its own RNA to an amazing extent, creating the capacity to respond to changes in its environment by altering its proteins and therefore its entire body. Messenger RNA (mRNA) transfers genetic information from our DNA to the ribosomes http://www.cs.stedwards.edu/chem/Chemistry/CHEM43/CHEM43/Ribosomes/Ribosome.HTML that synthesize proteins within cells. Occasionally, however, the memo gets changed in transmission, as “organisms using RNA as a canvas to