Latest Mutant Stories

Artificial Intelligence Finds Mutations Faster
2012-08-20 05:57:57

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online In order to fully understand some diseases – how they work, how they spread, response to drugs, etc – researchers have been employing some of the world´s tiniest animals, such as the multicellular fruit fly, nematode, or zebra fish. While this examination by itself is useful, these researchers can make real progress in their studies if they can examine a multitude of animals in order to detect any mutation among...

2011-10-11 20:28:33

Reported in a new study in the Journal of Molecular Diagnostics Molecular DNA testing methods offer clinicians powerful tools that serve to confirm or identify disease diagnoses. High sensitivity and high specificity, however, are frequently a challenge to achieve with these methods. In a study scheduled for publication in the November issue of The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics, researchers describe a new, robust technique that holds promise for identifying trace mutant DNA sequences...

2011-07-14 13:13:41

Until recently, migration patterns, such as those adopted by birds all across the Amazonian rainforest, have not been thought to play an important role in the spreading of beneficial genes through a population. Researchers have now, for the first time, been able to predict the chance of a gene spreading when given any migration pattern, potentially providing an insight into the migration patterns of animals throughout history. Even more impressively, the concepts from these predictions can be...

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  • 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.