Genomic Research

Read articles and startling information on genomic research and the study of genes.

The Discovery of Messenger RNA: A Key Step in Protein Synthesis

Messenger RNA plays a key role in protein synthesis. This article looks at how the molecule was inadvertently discovered by Elliot Volkin and Lazarus Astrachan, who didn’t realize the exact role of their ‘DNA-like-RNA’ find. It was left to other genetic researchers to make the connection.

Nomenclature in Genetics – Gene Names

Maybe it helps to while away the long lonely hours at the lab bench, but some geneticists have a penchant for giving their gene discoveries curious names. There are genes called Naked, Ken and Barbie, and Chianti, and the clues to their functions lie with their names.

History of Cholera – Who Discovered Cholera?

The bacterium Vibrio cholerae is the microorganism that causes the disease known as cholera. The isolation of the bacterium was an important discovery in the history of medicine. Who discovered cholera? Read on to find out that the answer to that question is not as simple as you would think.

Genome Transplantation and the Creation of Synthetic Genomes

Genome transplantation is the transfer of a complete set of an organism’s nuclear DNA – its genome – into another organism of the same or different species. The tiny transplants could enable the production of synthetic microbes as well as providing new cures for some diseases.