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BTS Becomes 1st K-Pop Act to Break into Spotify’s Global Top 50

BTS Becomes 1st K-Pop Act to Break into Spotify’s Global Top 50

SEOUL, Sept. 20 (Korea Bizwire) – BTS became the first Korean musician to break into the top 50 artists played on global music streaming service Spotify, according to its agency Wednesday. “DNA,” lead track of BTS’ latest EP album “Love Yourself: Her,” reached No. 50 on the Spotify’s Global Top 50 playlist, according to Big Hit Entertainment. The chart ranks the most streamed artist on the platform on a daily basis. Based in Stockholm, Sweden, Spotify was [...]

Law Enforcement Agencies Ramps Up Efforts to Encourage Scientific Investigations

Law Enforcement Agencies Ramps Up Efforts to Encourage Scientific Investigations

SEOUL, April 18 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korean law enforcement agencies have revealed plans to enhance their scientific capabilities in their investigations with advanced technology, some of which can help police find key clues based on something as small as fungal DNA. At an event held yesterday, the National Digital Forensic Center (NDFC) revealed scientific [...]

African Indigenous Cattle Have Heat Tolerance Genes Not Seen in Korean Cows

African Indigenous Cattle Have Heat Tolerance Genes Not Seen in Korean Cows

SEOUL, April 7 (Korea Bizwire) – A joint study by the African Cattle Genome Consortium – incorporating 17 research teams from nine countries including South Korea – revealed that it is genetic traits that help indigenous cattle in Africa better cope with the continent’s scorching heat, announced the Rural Development Administration on Thursday.  The joint [...]

Bioline Launches New JetSeq DNA Quantification Kits

Bioline Launches New JetSeq DNA Quantification Kits

CINCINNATI, Mar. 27 (Korea Bizwire) — Bioline, The PCR Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Meridian Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ:VIVO) today announced the further expansion of the JetSeq™ portfolio for Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) sample preparation. The new JetSeq™ Library Quantification Kit is a qPCR-based assay that provides fast, accurate and sensitive quantification of adaptor-ligated DNA fragments [...]

Scientists Complete Korean-Specific Reference Genome

Scientists Complete Korean-Specific Reference Genome

ULSAN, South Korea, Nov. 25 (Korea Bizwire) – UNIST’s Genomics Institute unveiled Thursday a reference genome specific to Koreans, entitled KOREF (Korean Reference). A reference genome is a genomic database that represents an example of a species’ set of genes, which allows for genetic analysis related to diseases and the development of new drugs. According [...]

Scientists Make Breakthrough in Micro-Robotics Using DNA

Scientists Make Breakthrough in Micro-Robotics Using DNA

DAEJEON, Nov. 8 (Korea Bizwire) – A joint team of scientists from Ewha Womans University and the University of Pennsylvania have developed technology using artificial DNA that could operate shape-changing micro-robots, announced the National Research Foundation of Korea Monday. Shape-changing micro-robots are made from flexible materials, including high molecule polymers or nanoparticles, functioning in response [...]

Scientists Complete Genetic Blueprint of Korean Leopard

Scientists Complete Genetic Blueprint of Korean Leopard

SEOUL, Nov. 1 (Korea Bizwire) – Korean scientists have successfully mapped the reference genome of the Korean leopard, better known as the Amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis), the National Institute of Biological Resources announced Tuesday.  According to the institute, the complete genetic blueprint of the Amur leopard is the result of an 18-month study, which [...]

New Database Stores DNA for Use in Criminal Investigations

New Database Stores DNA for Use in Criminal Investigations

  SEOUL, April 26 (Korea Bizwire) — Vast amounts of genetic information from animals, plants, and microorganisms will soon be used in criminal investigations, primarily for crimes related to food and narcotics.  The forensic science division of the supreme prosecutor’s office (director Young-dae Kim) revealed Monday that it launched what is being called a ‘Barcode [...]