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Little Brown Bats Found To Have A Rare Active Jumping Gene
2013-01-04 07:37:34

Jumping genes, or transposable elements, are strange rogue sequences from which most of our DNA can be traced, but are largely idle in mammals. Johns Hopkins researchers report, however, that they have identified a new DNA sequence moving around in bats.

To Test 'Histone Code' Researchers Exploit Gene Position
2013-01-03 13:25:12

In a novel use of gene knockout technology, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine tested the same gene inserted into 90 different locations in a yeast chromosome – and discovered that while the inserted gene never altered its surrounding chromatin landscape, differences in that immediate landscape measurably affected gene activity.

Bat DNA Analysis Provides Key Evolutionary Insights
2012-12-21 14:56:48

A comparative genetic analysis of two distantly related bat species has revealed new insights into the evolutionary development of flight and disease resistance.

Autism And Other Disorders May Be Caused By Genetic Hotspot Mutations
2012-12-21 06:47:01

A group of international researchers led by a team of investigators from the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, recently revealed a new study that provides signals as to the causes of autism and other related disorders.

Daily Liver Cycles Controlled By More Than 3,000 Epigenetic Switches
2012-12-11 10:16:12

When it's dark, and we start to fall asleep, most of us think we're tired because our bodies need rest. Yet circadian rhythms affect our bodies not just on a global scale, but at the level of individual organs, and even genes.

2012-12-11 01:00:50

A new method that could give a deeper insight into evolutional biology by tracing directionality in gene migration has just appeared in EPJ Data Science.

How Fins Became Legs Revealed
2012-12-10 13:52:58

Vertebrates' transition to living on land, instead of only in water, represented a major event in the history of life.


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Knockout Mouse
2013-10-02 11:52:01

A Knockout Mouse is a genetically engineered mouse in which researchers have inactivated, or “knocked out,” an existing gene by replacing it or disrupting it with an artificial piece of DNA. The loss of gene activity frequently causes changes in a mouse’s phenotype, which includes appearance, behavior, or other apparent and biochemical characteristics. Knockout mice are significant animal models for studying the role of genes which have been sequenced but whose functions haven’t...

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