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Monday, May 03, 2004

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"Tired of tombstones? Put off by plaques? Then a new way of commemorating the dead might be for you: an apple tree, genetically modified to carry strands of your own DNA."

"The first step in the process is to get some skin cells from the person concerned, by taking a quick swab from their mouth. The cells are then treated to extract their DNA and the genetic material injected into a single apple tree cell. By keeping the tree cell in a sugary solution, and exposing it to light, scientists can nurture the cell until it grows into a small plant, ready for planting. In principle, each and every cell of the tree would contain human DNA."

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Bioinformatics will be at the core of biology in the 21st century. In fields ranging from structural biology to genomics to biomedical imaging, ready access to data and analytical tools are fundamentally changing the way investigators in the life sciences conduct research and approach problems. Complex, computationally intensive biological problems are now being addressed and promise to significantly advance our understanding of biology and medicine. No biological discipline will be unaffected by these technological breakthroughs.


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