DNA

The Widely Whirled New World: A Fresh Look at Latino Genetic Ancestry

May 07, 2010
Latin America is the home of dances as varied as the stately rumba and the racy salsa. It ranges over searing deserts, rocky heights, and sultry jungles. Perhaps it should...
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Twin Study Points to Importance of Non-genetic Factors in Multiple Sclerosis

April 28, 2010
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system, causing unpredictable and varying symptoms that differ from person to person. About 1 in 700 people in...
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Globules of Globules of Globules: Research Reveals How Our Cells Pack in All That DNA

October 09, 2009
A segment of chromosome 14 folded to reveal a fractal curve using Origami. Designed and folded by Jason Ku. Photo by Erik Demaine. How do you get three billion pairs...
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Life on the Fringe: Shrews and Voles Reveal Clues to British Prehistory

October 02, 2009
Through the millennia wave after wave of migrants – often in the form of invading armies — have descended upon the British Isles. The first people to arrive after the...
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New Genetic Analysis Sheds Light on Origins of Indian Castes

September 25, 2009
For as long as humans have lived in complex communities, cities and civilizations, they have divided and classified their societies. Those divisions have been based on age, gender, appearance or...
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It’s Your Data … Shouldn’t You Have Access To It?

June 22, 2009
Each one of us carries in our cells the vital genetic data, compliments of our parents, that code for many of our traits and attributes.  Whether it’s our eye color,...
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Recommended Reading: The Stuff of Life

April 29, 2009
I spent the better part of my undergraduate career lugging around massive biology textbooks.   General biology, genetics, embryology: It didn’t matter, they all weighed a ton. I pored over...
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What Happens After I Spit? A Saliva Sample’s Saga

March 03, 2009
The way our Personal Genome Serviceâ„¢ works is pretty straightforward, at least from a customer’s point of view. We send you a saliva collection kit, which is at its heart...
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The Evolution of a Theory: Darwin and Evolution 150 Year Later

February 12, 2009
Biology has changed a lot over the past 150 years. Scientists have discovered entirely new forms of life, deciphered the molecular code of heredity and observed the machinery of life...
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African American Roots: What Genetics Can Reveal

November 17, 2008
Because their ancestors often were slaves during the 18th and 19th centuries, and therefore usually lacked birth or death certificates, it is very difficult for African American genealogists to trace...
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