Archaeologists Discover Early Example of Domesticated Camels

Most experts agree that the earliest examples of farming and animal domestication lie in the aptly named Fertile Crescent, in present day Iraq.  But still many questions have lingered over the years, especially with regard to remnants of farming or animal domestication that have not survived to the present ...

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DNA Analysis Confirms Remains of Famed 16th Century Astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus

Nicolaus Copernicus is probably the second most famous astronomer in history (after Galileo). He is best known for being the first to propose that the Earth circles the sun, and not the other way around. His theory ran into one problem, however. It was contrary both to conventional wisdom and Roman ...

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Introducing a Do-It-Yourself Revolution in Disease Research

There's a high likelihood that a disease of some sort affects you or one of your relatives — every family seems to have ripples in its gene pool that define and shape its health dynamics. Your family might have a propensity for rheumatoid arthritis or a particular type of cancer. Whatever it is, there can ...

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SNPwatch: Genetic Variants Near Tumor Suppressor Genes May Increase Risk For Brain And Skin Cancer

SNPwatch gives you the latest news about research linking various traits and conditions to individual genetic variations. These studies are exciting because they offer a glimpse into how genetics may affect our bodies and health; but in most cases, more work is needed before this research can provide ...

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SNPwatch: Researchers Show Importance Of Common DNA Variants In Schizophrenia

SNPwatch gives you the latest news about research linking various traits and conditions to individual genetic variations. These studies are exciting because they offer a glimpse into how genetics may affect our bodies and health; but in most cases, more work is needed before this research can provide ...

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People of the Veil: New Study Reveals Clues to Origins of the Nomadic Tuaregs

Not many people could survive the harsh conditions of the Sahara Desert.  Yet the Tuareg have lived in the the region for millennia. The Tuareg call themselves the Imazghan, meaning "free people." Today they are known for a distinctive dark blue turban worn by the men, and for their long history as ...

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Ancient DNA Analysis Reveals Family Ties in Ruins of Pompeii

On August 20, 79 AD, a series of small tremors and earthquakes began to shake the two ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.  Lying in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius — about 150 miles south of the Roman capital — the two cities were often hit by tremors and earthquakes, so most residents were ...

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Genetic Study Casts Doubt On Inflammatory Marker As Cause of Heart Disease

Study after study has shown that high blood levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker of inflammation, are associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease. But what hasn't been clear is whether CRP actually causes heart disease, or just indicates the presence of artery-blocking ...

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Better Understanding of Colorectal Cancer-Associated SNP Could Guide Treatment

Much to the surprise of many scientists, a lot of the SNPs identified in genomewide association studies have not been in the parts of genes that encode the molecular machinery of a cell. Instead, many SNPs have been found on the edges of genes, in regions of DNA that control when the genes get turned on or ...

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Researchers Warn That Drug Development Based On Obesity Genetics Could Deliver More Than Is Bargained For

Not surprisingly, there has been intense interest in the genetics of obesity in recent years.  Obesity is a major health problem, resulting in tens of thousands of premature deaths and billions of dollars in healthcare costs each year in the United States, and it is known from twin and family studies that ...

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