Genetics

More Stories in Genetics

  1. Animals

    Paw-print DNA lets scientists track out-of-sight polar bears

    This environmental DNA can aid in conserving species that are hard or dangerous to observe.

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  2. Animals

    Here’s how kingfishers avoid concussions during high-speed dives

    Understanding the genetic adaptations that protect the birds’ brains as they dive might one day offer clues to protecting human brains.

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  3. Health & Medicine

    RNA work that led to COVID-19 vaccines wins 2023 Nobel in medicine

    Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman overcame hurdles to using mRNA for medicine. This led to COVID vaccines — and maybe, one day, some for other infections.

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  4. Genetics

    Experiment: Are fingerprint patterns inherited?

    Let’s investigate whether fingerprint patterns are created randomly or whether they are influenced by genetics.

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  5. Health & Medicine

    Toddler now thrives after prenatal treatment for a genetic disease

    Ayla was treated before birth for the rare, life-threatening Pompe disease. Now a thriving 16-month-old toddler, her treatments will still need to continue.

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  6. Chemistry

    Forensic scientists are gaining an edge on crime

    Advances in forensic science are helping to recover invisible fingerprints and identify missing people from bits of tissue or bone.

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  7. Genetics

    For some kids, their rock-star hair comes naturally

    A variant of a gene involved in hair-shaft formation was linked to most of the uncombable-hair-syndrome cases analyzed in a recent study.

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  8. Health & Medicine

    Examining Neandertal and Denisovan DNA wins a 2022 Nobel Prize

    Svante Pääbo figured out how to examine the genetic material from these hominid ‘cousins’ of modern humans.

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  9. Animals

    Living mysteries: This critter has 38 times more DNA than you do

    The genomes of salamanders are bloated with genetic “parasites.” That extra DNA slows down their lives and strands them in perpetual childhood.

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