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Revealing the Human Catalogue: Eight-year effort to catalogue human genetic variation comes to an end

Revealing the Human Catalogue: Eight-year effort to catalogue human genetic variation comes to an end

🕔03:09, 9.Nov 2015

Does genetic mutation inevitably cause disease? After eight years of research, the 1000 Genomes Project has found that healthy humans show much more variation than previously thought.

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Tiny Proteins with Big Functions

Tiny Proteins with Big Functions

🕔20:55, 4.Nov 2015

Contrary to common scientific belief, proteins need not be large to have powerful biological functions.

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Book Review: How to Clone a Mammoth

Book Review: How to Clone a Mammoth

🕔20:23, 4.Nov 2015

Science fiction novels, TV shows, and movies have time and time again toyed with the cloning of ancient animals. But just how close are we to bringing those species, and our childhood fantasies, back to life?

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Unraveling the Mysteries of Genetic Evolution: How promoter mutations may factor in

Unraveling the Mysteries of Genetic Evolution: How promoter mutations may factor in

🕔13:19, 9.May 2015

Evolution as we know it is driven by mutations in genes. But researchers at Yale were curious about what surrounds a gene. That is, how does a whole gene network evolve?

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Science or Science Fiction? Uplifting Animals

Science or Science Fiction? Uplifting Animals

🕔22:33, 8.May 2015

Uplifting animals, or endowing animals with near-human intelligence, is a concept that has been explored by science fiction writers and movie producers. But real world scientists are interested, too. New research suggests that genetic and neurological modifications could enhance animals’ intelligence.

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An Ancient Alphabet for the Digital Age: Encoding digital information in DNA

An Ancient Alphabet for the Digital Age: Encoding digital information in DNA

🕔21:25, 8.May 2015

With mechanical failure, physical damage, and format obsolescence threatening devices from CDs to servers, we cannot count on the digital storage media that we use today to last forever. Robert Grass has discovered a more durable way to store digital information: by encoding it in silica-covered molecules of DNA.

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Torsin ATPase Plays Critical Role in Dystonia

Torsin ATPase Plays Critical Role in Dystonia

🕔17:20, 8.May 2015

Christian Schlieker and his research team in the department of molecular biophysics and biochemistry offer new insight into the molecular mechanism underlying DYT1 dystonia.

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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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