DNA

What crocodile DNA reveals about the Ice Age

Published: 25Jan2023

What drives crocodile evolution? Is climate a major factor or changes in sea levels? Determined to find answers to these questions, researchers from McGill University discovered that while changing...

Using DNA strands to design new polymer materials

Published: 19Dec2017

McGill University researchers have chemically imprinted polymer particles with DNA strands – a technique that could lead to new materials for applications ranging from biomedicine to the promising...

Early life adversity affects broad regions of brain DNA

Published: 10Oct2012

Early life experience results in a broad change in the way our DNA is “epigenetically” chemically marked in the brain by a coat of small chemicals called methyl groups, according to researchers at...

Same gene can encode proteins with divergent functions

Published: 11Feb2016

By Cynthia Lee, McGill Newsroom It’s not unusual for siblings to seem more dissimilar than similar: one becoming a florist, for example, another becoming a flutist, and another becoming a physicist.

Building tailor-made DNA nanotubes step by step

Published: 23Feb2015

Researchers at McGill University have developed a new, low-cost method to build DNA nanotubes block by block – a breakthrough that could help pave the way for scaffolds made from DNA strands to be...

Chronic pain alters DNA marking in the brain

Published: 14Feb2013

Injuries that result in chronic pain, such as limb injuries, and those unrelated to the brain are associated with epigenetic changes in the brain which persist months after the injury, according to...

From backyard pool chemical to nanomaterial

Published: 1Mar2016

By Chris Chipello, McGill Newsroom Could a cheap molecule used to disinfect swimming pools provide the key to creating a new form of DNA nanomaterials?

A better way to build DNA scaffolds

Published: 6May2015

Imagine taking strands of DNA – the material in our cells that determines how we look and function – and using it to build tiny structures that can deliver drugs to targets within the body or take...

Genomic atlas of gene switches in plants

Published: 2Jul2013

What allows certain plants to survive freezing and thrive in the Canadian climate, while others are sensitive to the slightest drop in temperature? Those that flourish activate specific genes at...

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