HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Pack-MULEs are toting a new look at plant evolution

EAST LANSING, Mich. It's not too often you pick up a scientific journal to dig into a good mystery.

Ning Jiang et al. admittedly aren't going to give Agatha Christie a run for her money, yet in the Sept. 30 edition of the British science journal Nature, the article explores some surprising unexplored territory in the world of evolutionary biology.

"Pack-MULEs: transposable elements mediate gene evolution in plants" may sound like a western lost in the science fiction section, but it elevates a little-considered group of elements in the genome sequence to potentially major players in the process of evolution. It also throws out tantalizing possibilities that could turn some standard methodology on its ear.

"Even a lot of my colleagues say they don't understand my article," says Jiang, who one month ago left a post doc at the University of Georgia to take a faculty position at Michigan State University's horticulture department. "I'm looking at something people don't pay much attention to."

But not only did Jiang find a new way to look at genomic sequences a scientist's treasure map but she's also provided a refreshing testament to how personal and creative even the most dense and high-tech sciences can be.

Jiang is a native of China who entered science with a personal link to her area of study the genomic sequence of rice. Rice isn't just a plant with a sequenced genome that's comparatively manageable. Rice also has been a strong thread which runs through her life.

"Rice is the most important food for me; nothing else can replace it," Jiang said. "In the first 15 years of my life, the rice straw was the major fuel for us to cook our food."

Jiang studies transposable elements the "jumping genes" of plants. The genome sequence is in a certain order. Change the order of the genetic material and a function can be changed. Transposable elements are sort of the rowdy kids in a classroom their insertion ma
'"/>

Contact: Ning Jiang
jiangn@msu.edu
517-355-5191
Michigan State University
29-Sep-2004


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. New research shows plants can shuffle and paste gene pieces to generate genetic diversity
2. Pollutant causes delayed flowering in plants
3. NSF awards 22 new projects for plant genome research
4. K-State, other universities to study how climate affects plant evolution
5. New fruitfly model of diabetes has future implications for pancreatic cell transplantation
6. Pig-human transplantation not PERVerted
7. Purdue study finds antioxidant protects metal-eating plants
8. Patented process preserves transplant tissues/organs
9. New discovery may help transplants survive
10. Babies with DiGeorge syndrome saved by immune supression, thymus transplant
11. Genetic discovery could dramatically reduce need for liver transplants in children

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:3/9/2019)... ... March 09, 2019 , ... ... hM4Di ligands – exciting compounds for scientists studying GPCR and DREADD signalling. Hello ... and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, both institutes of the ...
(Date:2/27/2019)... ... 2019 , ... Fluxion Biosciences, a leading developer of precision solutions for life ... grant for further development of its ERASE-Seq liquid biopsy technology. The Phase I grant ... Dr. Omar Mian at the Cleveland Clinic. , Liquid biopsies offer the potential to ...
(Date:2/22/2019)... ... February 20, 2019 , ... ... precision medicine, the traditional line between engineering and medical science grows ever thinner. ... smarter, the medical device industry is making medical practice easier for doctors, more ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:3/19/2019)... ... March 19, 2019 , ... ... in Israel and the Middle East region, and Swiss-based CDMO Lonza announced ... platform. The partnership will enable Sheba to vastly streamline its in-house cell ...
(Date:3/14/2019)... PRINCETON, N.J. (PRWEB) , ... March 14, 2019 , ... ... will create challenges for companies to keep up. Traditional Regulatory intelligence ... times and adapting technology to get global Regulatory teams right Insights faster and cheaper. ...
(Date:3/14/2019)... ... March 14, 2019 , ... ... gold standard solution for preclinical research organizations. It is a low code, ... connected systems and facilities, innovative technology-driven automated data capture and seamless data ...
(Date:3/9/2019)... SAN DIEGO (PRWEB) , ... March 07, 2019 ... ... Agilent Technologies, is a pioneer in the development and commercialization of high performance, ... and PhysioStim, a leading European CRO with GLP-certified expertise in cardiovascular pharmacology and ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: