Grigory Ryzhakov – Russian Writer

cloning

Nobel 2012: Stem Cell, Cloning and the DNA State

A scheme of animal cloning (converted to SVG by Belkorin, modified and translated by Wikibob [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons)

The first science Nobel Prizes were awarded this week.  John B. Gurdon of the University of Cambridge in England and Shinya Yamanaka of Kyoto University in Japan received the prize in Physiology and Medicine for their work showing how it’s possible for a mature cell of the body to revert to a state similar to embryonic.… Read the rest

Changing Nature: Synthetic Biology, GM and Ecology

The transgenic venomous wasps from the Hunger Games film/book are not just a fantasy anymore. It’s our present. The modern bio techniques allow for genetic modification (GM) of virtually any type of organism or a virus.

It all started half a century ago when the genetic code was first cracked, which enabled scientists to intrude into nature’s most intimate, molecular level.… Read the rest