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05

Aug

Could you be an unexpected genetic hero?A new project aims to find people who have genetic diseases but may not even realize it. Somehow, they overcame the disease, so what makes them resilient?

Could you be an unexpected genetic hero?
A new project aims to find people who have genetic diseases but may not even realize it. Somehow, they overcame the disease, so what makes them resilient?

27

Jul

People seek out friends with common DNAThe most common gene shared by friends in the study was the “olfactory” gene, which is involved in a person’s sense of smell.

People seek out friends with common DNA
The most common gene shared by friends in the study was the “olfactory” gene, which is involved in a person’s sense of smell.

22

Jul

New schizophrenia gene links discoveredMany of the sites where these genes are active are associated with sending signals between the brain and cells in the body.

New schizophrenia gene links discovered
Many of the sites where these genes are active are associated with sending signals between the brain and cells in the body.

14

Jun

Why hating cilantro (and other flavors) may be geneticThe newest research suggests we don’t all experience taste and smell the same way.

Why hating cilantro (and other flavors) may be genetic
The newest research suggests we don’t all experience taste and smell the same way.

05

May

The genetics of wizards (yes, really)If the wizarding gene is dominant, as J.K. Rowling says in her famous series of Harry Potter books, then how can a wizard be born to muggle parents? And how can there be squibs? It seems these baffling genetic questions have finally been answered, thanks to Andrea Klenotiz, a biology student at the University of Delaware. In a six-page paper, which she sent to Rowling, Klenotiz outlines how the wizarding gene works and even explains why some witches and wizards are more powerful than others.

The genetics of wizards (yes, really)
If the wizarding gene is dominant, as J.K. Rowling says in her famous series of Harry Potter books, then how can a wizard be born to muggle parents? And how can there be squibs?
 
It seems these baffling genetic questions have finally been answered, thanks to Andrea Klenotiz, a biology student at the University of Delaware.
 
In a six-page paper, which she sent to Rowling, Klenotiz outlines how the wizarding gene works and even explains why some witches and wizards are more powerful than others.

26

Apr

Why do some zoos euthanize healthy animals?European zoos often put down healthy animals to maintain genetic diversity in a species’ population, but the practice doesn’t occur in U.S. zoos. Why? It all comes down to birth control.

Why do some zoos euthanize healthy animals?
European zoos often put down healthy animals to maintain genetic diversity in a species’ population, but the practice doesn’t occur in U.S. zoos. Why? It all comes down to birth control.

24

Apr

Why the Y chromosome (and men) aren’t going awayUnderstanding the core differences between chromosomes, and which traits from them survive, may help scientists develop better medical treatments of diseases.

Why the Y chromosome (and men) aren’t going away
Understanding the core differences between chromosomes, and which traits from them survive, may help scientists develop better medical treatments of diseases.

14

Apr

New service creates digital embryos by virtually mixing two people’s DNANow you can see your baby before it’s conceived by virtually mixing the DNA of you and your partner.

New service creates digital embryos by virtually mixing two people’s DNA
Now you can see your baby before it’s conceived by virtually mixing the DNA of you and your partner.

19

Mar

Do obesity genes amplify the effects of eating fried food?Those who have a greater genetic risk for obesity are likely to gain more weight from eating fried foods, a new study suggests.

Do obesity genes amplify the effects of eating fried food?
Those who have a greater genetic risk for obesity are likely to gain more weight from eating fried foods, a new study suggests.

04

Feb

European genes altered by Black DeathNew genetic research shows that the bubonic plague may have caused evolutionary change in Europeans’ DNA.

European genes altered by Black Death
New genetic research shows that the bubonic plague may have caused evolutionary change in Europeans’ DNA.