Your science textbook lied: Chromosomes rarely X-shaped
With a new understanding of how chromosomes are actually shaped, scientists can better grasp how shape relates to gene function.
Are you a righty or a lefty? Genes behind handedness found
A new study suggests that the same genes that affect the left-hand symmetry of organs in the body also affects someone’s right or left hand is dominant.
Your mother’s genes may affect how fast you age
Damaged mitochondrial DNA contributes to again as its energy production is gradually disabled.
Scientists discover ‘werewolf’ gene that makes people hairy
Extra genes on a certain spot of the X chromosome cause hypertrichosis, in which people sprout thick hair on their faces and bodies.
Different kinds of happiness affect genes in different ways, study finds
Hedonists, take note; your genes may not be responding favorably to your pleasure-seeking happiness.
How the white tiger got his coat
The rare pigmentation of these majestic cats results from a gene variant.
In honor of Daniel Radcliffe’s 24th birthday, here’s an interesting look at wizard genetics.
If the wizarding gene is dominant, as J.K. Rowling says, 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.
"Magical ability could be explained by a single autosomal dominant gene if it is caused by an expansion of trinucleotide repeats with non-Mendelian ratios of inheritance," Klenotiz explains.
What does this mean? Read more to find out.
What will humans look like in 100,000 years?
A speculative look at how advanced genetic engineering technology might reshape people’s faces over time.
Study finds famous albino gorilla was inbred
Researchers believe the albino mutation came from a pairing of uncle and niece, signaling habitat loss and lower genetic variation for lowland gorillas.