Latest Human Genome Project Stories
Just as aspiring authors often read hundreds of books before starting their own, scientists are using decades of knowledge garnered from sequencing or "reading" the genetic codes of thousands of living things to now start writing new volumes in the library of life.
Cancer is usually attributed to faulty genes, but growing evidence from the field of cancer epigenetics indicates a key role for the gene “silencing” proteins that stably turn genes off inside the cell nucleus.
Researchers at the University of Arizona have identified a previously unknown mutation in a sodium channel protein in the central nervous system as the likely cause of a severe form of epilepsy.
Males of the world, fear not -- researchers have determined that the chromosome which determines maleness is not shrinking after all, and concerns that the gender could be headed for extinction are apparently unfounded.
The Tasmanian devil population is threatened to extinction with a highly contagious cancer. In order to understand the origins of the cancer, researchers have sequenced the complete genome of the cell and traced it back to what they are calling an ‘immortal’ female.
A high-quality reference catalogue of the genetic changes that result in the deactivation of human genes has been developed by a team of researchers.
Since Charles Darwin first put forth the theory of evolution, scientists have been trying to unlock the mysteries of genetics.
- An uxorious, effeminate, or spiritless man.
- A timorous, cowardly fellow.
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