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Dear GNOBB members, I have myself checked and found all the functionality of the website working fine. Some members initially sent their comments but now it’s quiet for the last few days. About use of PayPal, there is hardly any response after 8 members paid their annual dues. Now the new website has become user friendly.  Subject to Coordinator’s approval any paid member can comment on any posting,    post any exciting news in the field of biotechnology, update his

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Comparison between Tomato Genome Sequence and its wild relative, Solanum pimpinellifolium reveal newly acquired gene functions controlling fruit color.

An article entitled, “The tomato genome sequence provides insights into fleshy fruit evolution” has been published in Nature in its 31st May issue 48: 635–641. As many as 51 scientists under the Tomato Genome Consortium took part in this investigation. In this article a high-quality genome sequence of tomato Solanum lycopersicum has been compared with a draft sequence of its closest wild relative, S. pimpinellifolium and the potato genome  (Solanum tube

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Study on the locus containing the gene FaOMT in strawberry contributing to various degrees of its aroma

Furaneol and mesifurane are two important flavor compounds in strawberries as in many other fruits.  Strawberry varieties vary a good deal in their proportion as well as in their amounts during the ripening process. In the June 3, 2012 issue of Plant Physiology (pp. 851-870), Zorrilla-Fontanesi and associates published the results of their investigation on the analysis of strawberry (Fragaria × ananassa) fruit volatiles such as furaneol and mesifurane and identified genomic

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A new isoform of steroid receptor coactivator-1

 A GNOBB member, Dr. Khurshida Begum is one of the nine authors of an article entitled, “A new isoform of steroid receptor coactivator-1 is crucial for pathogenic progression of endometriosis” . The article has been published online in the 3rd May issue of Nature Medicine. GNOBB would like to felicitate her warmly for being a part of this valuable contribution. We wish her Godspeed and continued success in her research career.

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Habitat Fragmentation and its effect on genetic diversity in beech populations in Central Italy

An article entitled, “Effect of Habitat Fragmentation on the Genetic Diversity and Structure of Peripheral Populations of Beech in Central Italy by Paolo Menozzi and associates was published online in April 11 in J. Hered. (2012) 103(3): 408-417. The authors assayed 11 isozyme loci in 856 individuals in 27 marginal populations of European beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) in Central Italy. They divided their experimental populations into 3 groups showing an increasing level of frag

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Androgenesis, a rare phenomenon in animals explains the invasive occurrence of Corbicula

An article entitled, “Androgenesis: a review through the study of the selfish shellfish Corbicula spp. has been published in the June issue of Heredity108, 581-591. K Van Doninck and associates have shown that there is duplication of chromosome number of the male clam species. This mode of aggressive asexual reproduction accounts for the widespread occurrence of clam speciesthroughout the world. Giant Clam While it is a rare phenomenon in animals, in plan

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Would it be wise to continue biosafety tests with transgenic brinjals or to postpone it?

In the 2012 April issue (vol.11:238-240) of the Indian Journal of Biotechnology, the authors, Rajib Bandopadhyay, Purnima Sinha & Bratati Chaudhary in a review article entitled, “Is Bt-brinjal ready for future food?—A critical study” advocate a waiting period for the release of Bt brinjal in order to ensure that it would not prove health hazardous to consumers. It may be mentioned that the trial started in selected places throughout India in 20

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Use of Real-Time PCR in the detection of foodstuff contaminated with GM material

In an article entitled, “Detection of Genetically Modified Cotton Seeds Using PCR and Real-Time PCR.” published in the April issue of Indian J. Biotech. (11: 176-181, 2012), the authors Vidhya et al. have advocated the use of the above mentioned technique in cotton as this has proved to be a powerful tool to detect contamination of GM material as low as 0.1%. The authors are of the opinion that the same technique can as well be used to detect the presence of GMOs/LMOs in ot

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Return to Rio: Second chance for the planet

In the current issue (June 6) of Nature, the Editor brings to the attention of the readers that 20 years ago, the world’s leaders at the first Rio Summit on biodiversity (CBD), climate (UNFCCC) and desertification (UNCCD) took a solemn resolution to protect Earth’s climate and biodiversity from further deterioration. Far from improvement there has been worsening of the situation since the last Summit; the concentration of CO2 has shot up to almost 400 mg

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