How DNA will Travel

A cell’s DNA contains a wealth of valuable information. This information allows organisms to create the proteins they need to live. Scientists also use the information stored within DNA to answer questions, diagnose diseases, solve crimes, and even unravel Earth’s…

DNA Barcoding: Identifying Organisms at the Molecular Level

How would you identifying all the species in the picture? You could consult a field guide, ask a mycologist (a person who specializes in fungi), or you could sequence its DNA. This last choice is becoming increasingly popular and is…

Biotechnology Basics – What is a Model Organism?

What is a model organism? A model organism is any plant, animal or microorganism that allows us to study fundamental questions in biology that may be hard to study directly in complex organisms like humans. What are some characteristics of…