Genetics

More Stories in Genetics

  1. tuatara
    Animals

    How tuatara live so long and can withstand cool weather

    Tuatara may look like your average lizard, but they’re not. Now, researchers have deciphered the rare reptiles’ genome, or genetic instruction book.

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  2. Male deep-sea anglerfish
    Animals

    An immune system quirk may help anglerfish fuse with mates during sex

    Deep-sea anglerfish that fuse to mate lack genes involved in the body’s response against pathogens or foreign tissue.

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  3. mitochondria in cells
    Genetics

    A bacterial toxin enables the first mitochondrial gene editor

    Researchers have engineered a protein from bacteria that kills other microbes to change DNA in a previously inaccessible part of the cell.

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  4. Easter Island
    Genetics

    South Americans may have traveled to Polynesia 800 years ago

    DNA analyses suggest that Indigenous people from South America had a role in the early peopling of Polynesia.

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  5. Ireland's Newgrange passage tomb
    Genetics

    DNA from a 5,200-year-old Irish tomb hints at ancient royal incest

    Ruling families in Ireland may have organized a big tomb project, and inbred, more than 5,000 years ago, a new study suggests.

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  6. Dead Sea Scrolls
    Humans

    The Dead Sea Scrolls contain genetic clues to their origins

    Animal DNA is providing researchers with hints on how to assemble what amounts to a giant jigsaw puzzle of ancient manuscript fragments.

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  7. APOE protein model
    Genetics

    Genetic risk factors for Alzheimer’s also raise the risk of getting COVID-19

    People who have the APOE4 genetic variant appear to be more vulnerable to the disease, but it’s unclear why.

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  8. Siberia’s Selenga River
    Genetics

    The oldest genetic link between Asians and Native Americans was found in Siberia

    DNA from a fragment of a 14,000-year-old tooth suggests that Native Americans have widespread Asian ancestry.

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  9. false-color microscope image of embryonic mouse eye
    Genetics

    New hybrid embryos are the most thorough mixing of humans and mice yet

    Human-mice chimeras may usher in a deeper understanding of how cells build bodies.

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