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Genetic Hitchhikers Picked Up By Evolution
2013-07-23 11:01:42

In a twist on "survival of the fittest," researchers have discovered that evolution is driven not by a single beneficial mutation but rather by a group of mutations, including ones called "genetic hitchhikers" that are simply along for the ride.

2013-07-15 13:12:28

A set of proteins involved in the body's natural defenses produces a large number of mutations in human DNA.

Self-fertilizing Plants Play Part In Their Own Death
2013-06-10 10:28:56

Many plants are self-fertilizing, meaning they act as both mother and father to their own seeds. This strategy – known as selfing – guarantees reproduction but, over time, leads to reduced diversity and the accumulation of harmful mutations.

Evolutionary History Of Cancer-related Gene Tracked By CNIO Study
2013-06-06 20:59:35

The study reveals how a genetic duplication that occurred millions of years ago encouraged the evolution of the ASF1b gene, involved in cancer development

2013-06-06 18:27:15

Scientists at USC have unlocked the mystery of why new cases of the genetic disease Noonan Syndrome are so common: a mutation that causes the disease disproportionately increases a normal father’s production of sperm carrying the disease trait.

2013-06-04 23:30:00

In light of Angelina Jolie's recent mastectomy, Kwiksure examines the relationship between health insurance coverage and preventative cancer surgery. Hong

Port-Wine Stain Birthmark And Sturge-Weber Syndrome Tied By Gene
2013-05-12 09:49:26

Researchers have discovered a genetic mutation they say is responsible for both port-wine stain birthmarks and a rare neurological condition known as Sturge-Weber Syndrome.

Nearsightedness May Be Due To Genetic Mutation
2013-05-03 06:01:19

Researchers have discovered a link between nearsightedness and mutations in a gene partially responsible for the regulation of copper and oxygen levels in eye tissues, according to a paper published in Thursday’s edition of the American Journal of Human Genetics.


Word of the Day
honeyguide
  • Any of various tropical Old World birds of the family Indicatoridae, some species of which lead people or animals to the nests of wild honeybees. The birds eat the wax and larvae that remain after the nest has been destroyed for its honey.
Honeyguide birds have even been known to eat candles.