Genetics

More Stories in Genetics

  1. a crowd of people
    Humans

    Only a tiny fraction of our DNA is uniquely human

    Some of the exclusively human tweaks to DNA may have played a role in brain evolution.

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  2. greater horseshoe bats hanging from cave ceiling
    Health & Medicine

    One mutation may have set the coronavirus up to become a global menace

    A study pinpoints a key mutation that may have put a bat coronavirus on the path to becoming a human pathogen, helping it better infect human cells.

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  3. Romanesco cauliflower
    Plants

    How Romanesco cauliflower forms its spiraling fractals

    By tweaking just three genes in a common lab plant, scientists have discovered the mechanism responsible for one of nature’s most impressive fractals.

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  4. illustration of coronavirus particles in blood
    Health & Medicine

    How your DNA may affect whether you get COVID-19 or become gravely ill

    A study of 45,000 people links 13 genetic variants to higher COVID-19 risks, including a link between blood type and infection and a newfound tie between FOXP4 and severe disease.

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  5. a magnified image of an egg cell surrounded by sperm
    Genetics

    Embryos appear to reverse their biological clock early in development

    A new study suggests that the biological age of both mouse and human embryos resets during development.

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  6. image of Mr. Frosty the gecko
    Animals

    How a gecko named Mr. Frosty could help shed new light on skin cancer

    The distinctive coloring and skin tumors of a type of gecko called Lemon Frost have been pegged to a gene implicated in human skin cancer.

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  7. Chinese mountain cat
    Animals

    Chinese mountain cats swap DNA with domestic cats, but aren’t their ancestors

    DNA suggests little-studied Chinese mountain cats have been rendezvousing with pet cats on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau since the 1950s.

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  8. A side view of a man wearing an EEG cap and dark goggles
    Genetics

    A gene-based therapy partially restored a blind man’s vision

    Light-activated proteins inserted in eye nerve cells and special goggles help the man, who lost his sight due to retinitis pigmentosa, see objects.

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  9. viruses from the Siphoviridae (left) and Podoviridae (right) families
    Life

    Some viruses thwart bacterial defenses with a unique genetic alphabet

    DNA has four building blocks: A, C, T and G. But some bacteriophages swap A for Z, and scientists have figured out how and why they do it.

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