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Spontaneous Self-Healing in Icthyosis

Spontaneous Self-Healing in Icthyosis

Mutations that occur in genes during DNA replication and cell division lead to a wide range of diseases, from cancer to sickle-cell anemia. In the case of ichthyosis with confetti, however, recombination can revert the mutated phenotype and change affected

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Using Poisonous Spider Toxins as Pain Medication

Using Poisonous Spider Toxins as Pain Medication

With over forty different species and hundreds of toxins in their venom, funnel spiders can cause serious medical injury or death to victims who are not treated with the effective antivenom. Would you want these spiders’ toxins anywhere near your skin? Learn more about how Professor Nitabach and Dr. Gui have studied genetic sequences of such spider toxins and their possible applications as pain medication!

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Stress Induced Tumor Formation: The Interaction Between Rasv12, JNK Signaling, and Stress

Stress Induced Tumor Formation: The Interaction Between Rasv12, JNK Signaling, and Stress

Previous cancer research has shown that multiple mutations are needed to spawn tumor development. In the past, it was believed that these alterations needed to be in the same cell. Today, Dr. Tian Xu, Yale Professor of Genetics, has flipped

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Human Evolution Renewed: A Search for Ecologial and Genetic Reasons Behind Our Humanity

Human Evolution Renewed: A Search for Ecologial and Genetic Reasons Behind Our Humanity

The study of human evolution is a topic of great interest on many levels. Stephen Stearns, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, is currently seek­ing evidence for the existence of modern day natural selection among the human population.

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Owning Ourselves? The Race for Genetic Territory and its Implications

Owning Ourselves? The Race for Genetic Territory and its Implications

“Gene patenting” can give patent owners rights that include using the patented sequences in diagnostic tests. Though this process may promote scientific openness, it can also make genetic testing more difficult and expensive.

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