Genetics

Canine Genome Research

Researchers at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California and elsewhere determined that a relatively small number of DNA regions control a large portion of the physical differences between various breeds of dogs. The scientists hope that further study of these ...

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Genetic Key to Stem Cell Expression Identified

Genetic Key to Stem Cell Expression Identified

Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI), Israel, and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), have recently identified a gene that gives stem cells the capability to become any cell type. This unique attribute places stem cells at ...

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Genetic Links to Human Longevity

Genetic Links to Human Longevity

Scientists at Boston University and Boston Medical Center in Massachusetts have discovered a group of genetic variants that can predict long life in humans with 77% accuracy. By examining the genomes of people over the age of one hundred, researchers ...

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Genetic Links to Autism

Genetic Links to Autism

Researchers at Oxford University in England have found a non-hereditary genetic link to autism. They have shown that individuals with autism tend to have either missing or extra sectors of DNA segments, a genetic mistake called copy number variants. This ...

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Planning Ahead Bacteria

Planning Ahead Bacteria

Scientists from the Weizmann Institute in Israel, led by Prof. Yitzhak Pilpel, have recently shown that bacteria can anticipate certain future events in their environment and prepare for the upcoming changes. According to the scientists, these findings do not only ...

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Lamarck Making a Comeback?

Scientists from the Tufts University School of Medicine in Massachusetts, under the direction of Professor Larry Feig, have discovered that the severity of learning disorders in mice depends on the mother’s environment when she was young. If these results are ...

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Submissive Mice Help Fight Depression

A research team led by Dr. Albert Pinhasov at the Ariel University Center of Samaria, Israel, has recently created a new animal model of depression. The team used mice whose behavior was more prone to be controlled by other mice ...

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