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Rewriting Life: How Changing the Genetic Code Changes Everything Else

Rewriting Life: How Changing the Genetic Code Changes Everything Else

🕔20:11, 29.Mar 2015

A simple code dictates how DNA is translated into proteins in all living things. Scientists have long thought of these translations as universal, but lately, a few exceptions have come to light. Now, researchers at Yale are probing how and why the genetic code might change.

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You Have 24 Hours: The struggles of treating amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

You Have 24 Hours: The struggles of treating amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

🕔19:36, 29.Mar 2015

This past summer’s Ice Bucket Challenge brought national attention to ALS, raising millions of dollars in research funds. Exciting advances are underway, and it is important that social media users, who were so eager to participate in the summer craze, understand the science behind this fatal disease and its treatment options.

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Birth Era Affects Gene Expression: An observer effect in genetics

Birth Era Affects Gene Expression: An observer effect in genetics

🕔22:12, 5.Mar 2015

Just as humans evolve as populations, the translation of genotype to phenotype changes with time. A recent study co-authored by a Yale professor reveals that the correlation between a gene and its effect is not consistent over time, which brings past and current genetic research into question.

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Reinventing the Human Embryo

Reinventing the Human Embryo

🕔10:55, 19.Jan 2015

New research gives hope for women suffering from Leigh syndrome and other mitochondrial diseases.

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A Genome-Based Attack on the Tsetse Fly

A Genome-Based Attack on the Tsetse Fly

🕔16:29, 18.Jan 2015

Recently, a team of 146 scientists unraveled the genome of the tsetse fly, the vector of a lethal disease called sleeping sickness. With this new genetic information, many scientists have proposed innovative solutions to protect the 70 million people in sub-Saharan Africa who are affected by this disease.

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Fighting Obesity: Uncovering a Pathway to Change

Fighting Obesity: Uncovering a Pathway to Change

🕔13:34, 18.Jan 2015

A better understanding of neural interaction with fat tissue can lead to more targeted treatments for obesity.

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One Sweet Gene: Exploiting Genes to Keep Us Lean

One Sweet Gene: Exploiting Genes to Keep Us Lean

🕔13:34, 18.Jan 2015

Recent research on the worm C. elegans reveals a connection between the gene SKN-1, proline, and fat accumulation. In the future, miracle drugs may target these genes to prevent weight gain, even in the condition of a high-sugar diet.

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Protecting the Nonhuman from the Inhumane: Personhood and Chimpanzees

Protecting the Nonhuman from the Inhumane: Personhood and Chimpanzees

🕔13:23, 18.Jan 2015

Recently, the Nonhuman Rights Project fought for legal personhood for a 26 year-old chimpanzee named Tommy. The case relates to current research on primate genetics, cognition, and emotion.

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Solving Rare Genetic Diseases, One Mutation at a Time

Solving Rare Genetic Diseases, One Mutation at a Time

🕔21:17, 1.Jul 2014

Yale Researchers Leonard Kaczmarek and Christopher Pittenger are working on investigating rare genetic diseases through a combination of genetic sequencing, basic science research and clinical application.

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Q&A: What causes differences between identical twins?

Q&A: What causes differences between identical twins?

🕔20:59, 25.Apr 2014

Identical twins share exactly the same genome, and are usually raised under the same conditions during the early parts of their lives. Thus, it is not surprising that identical twins share strikingly similar physical features. However, twins often find themselves

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