Genetics

More Stories in Genetics

  1. Archaeology

    Rats can chronicle human history

    Rats have lived alongside people for thousands of years. Now, scientists can study the rats and their leavings to learn more about ourselves.

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  2. Genetics

    Scientists Say: DNA

    Short for deoxyribonucleic acid, DNA is the molecule that determines how each living thing looks and works.

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  3. Animals

    A dog’s breed doesn’t say much about its behavior

    Many people associate dog breeds with specific behavioral traits. But breed appears to account for only about 9 percent of behavioral differences.

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  4. Animals

    Losing some genes may explain how vampire bats can live on blood

    Loss of 13 genes active in other bats could support the vampires’ blood-eating strategies and adaptations.

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  5. Animals

    Infected caterpillars become zombies that climb to their deaths

    By tampering with genes involved in vision, a virus can send caterpillars on a doomed quest for sunlight.

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  6. Animals

    Surprise! Sixteen tiny wasp species found masquerading as one

    Scientists used new and old tools to overturn 160-year-old ideas about this wasp. They show you can’t tell a wasp by its looks.

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  7. Health & Medicine

    Sickle-cell gene therapies offer hope — and challenges

    Doctor Erica Esrick discusses existing treatments and an ongoing clinical trial for a gene therapy to treat sickle cell disease.

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  8. Health & Medicine

    Explainer: What is sickle cell disease?

    Gene mutations can alter an individual’s hemoglobin in ways that curl their blood cells. This can cause painful sickle cell disease.

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  9. Genetics

    DNA in air can help ID unseen animals nearby

    Analyzing these genetic residues in air offers a new way to study animals. It could give scientists a chance to monitor rare or hard to find animals.

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