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Wheat Genome Sequenced
2012-11-28 22:25:23

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Wheat is an incredibly important crop. Considered one of the “big three” global crops, wheat accounts for 20% of total calories consumed by human beings. As much as 35% of the entire planet depend on wheat for their very existence. With wheat being so important to the survival of the human race, an internal group of scientists decided it was time to learn more about this important grain and set out to complete the...

Mapping The Evolution Of Human Intellect Through Epigenetics
2012-11-22 09:19:33

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Hundreds of small regions of the genome that appear to be uniquely regulated in human neurons have been identified in a new study led by the University of Massachusetts. Humans are distinguished from other primates, such as monkeys and apes, by these regulatory differences. These features, which are neurons at the core of our cognitive abilities, may ultimately hold the key to our intellectual prowess. They might also be key to our...

Pig Genome Sequenced: Offers Significant Implications Abroad
2012-11-14 15:57:11

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A massive team of international researchers has announced the successful sequencing of the first female domestic pig´s genome. There have already been many similarities established between pigs and humans and the new genomic analysis reveals some new twists and a few distinctions to that relationship, according to reports on the work published in the journals Nature and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)....

2012-11-07 11:57:47

Research presented at American Society of Human Genetics 2012 A presentation at the American Society of Human Genetics 2012 meeting updated genetics experts about a one-year-old research initiative that brought together researchers, clinicians and policy experts to tackle the challenges of incorporating new genomic technologies into clinical care of newborns, infants and children with anatomical defects whose causes are unknown. Among the challenges is interpreting how variations in...

2012-11-06 03:36:01

Johns Hopkins researchers have succeeded in teaching computers how to identify commonalities in DNA sequences known to regulate gene activity, and to then use those commonalities to predict other regulatory regions throughout the genome. The tool is expected to help scientists better understand disease risk and cell development. The work was reported in two recent papers in Genome Research, published online on July 3 and Sept. 27. “Our goal is to understand how regulatory...

Genome Breakthrough Surpasses All DNA Barriers
2012-10-31 16:20:43

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A multinational team of scientists reports that they have successfully sequenced 1,092 human genomes from individuals across the globe. Their new study is the first to break the "1,000 genomes barrier." The researchers say the feat is a collegial effort to equip biologists and physicians with information that can be used to understand the normal range of human genetic variants so a patient's diseased genome can be interpreted in a...

Flycatchers' Genomes Reveal How 1 Species Became 2
2012-10-25 09:07:53

Just how new species are established is still one of the most central questions in biology. In an article in the leading scientific journal Nature, researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden describe how they mapped the genomes of the European pied flycatcher and the collared flycatcher and found that it is disparate chromosome structures rather than separate adaptations in individual genes that underlies the separation of the species. "We were surprised that such a large part of the...

Ancient New Zealander Genome Sequenced
2012-10-23 21:08:06

April Flowers for redOrbit.com — Your University Online A research team from the University of Otago has achieved landmark results by sequencing the complete mitochondrial genome for members of what was likely to be one of the first groups of Polynesians to settle New Zealand. The results of this study, published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, have revealed a surprising degree of genetic variation among these pioneering voyagers. Similar DNA...


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vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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