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Archive | November, 2013

termites

PCR unravels new gut bacterium in termites

Termites eat decaying wood, but it’s hard to digest so they rely on a gut full of bacteria to break down the cellulose. Researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have used the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and a number of other research techniques to find out more about the process, and have discovered […]

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Fred Sanger

Fred Sanger (1918-2013): A remarkable man and a brilliant scientist

Frederick (Fred) Sanger, the brilliant scientist and father of genomics, has died aged 95. Describing himself simply as ‘a chap who messed about in his lab’, Sanger was a double Nobel Prize winner who paved the way to modern genomics. The son of a GP, Sanger studied biochemistry at Cambridge, completing his degree in 1939. […]

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