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Telomerase Overdrive

By | January 1, 2016

Two mutations in a gene involved in telomere extension reverse the gene’s epigenetic silencing.

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HIV Quickly Invades the Brain

By | March 30, 2015

The virus that causes AIDS can replicate and mutate in the brain as early as four months after initial infection, according to a new study.

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Mosaic Mutations

By | July 31, 2014

Some genetic abnormalities that appear to have sprung up independently in children are in fact present in a portion of their parents’ cells.

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Targeted Brain Cancer Vaccine

By | June 25, 2014

Mouse study demonstrates the ability of a cancer vaccine targeted against a specific oncogenic mutation to elicit a protective anti-tumor immune response. 

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Mutation Tied to Reduced Heart Disease

By | June 20, 2014

Genetic variants that cripple a triglyceride-producing protein are linked with a lower risk of heart attack and stroke.

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Testicular-Skin Cancer Tradeoff

By | October 14, 2013

A genetic mutation tied to risk of developing testicular cancer may be more prevalent in white men because it also confers a reduced risk of developing skin cancer.

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Sexually Confused Dog

By | September 23, 2011

A female bulldog with testicles but no SRY gene considered scientific anomaly.

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Genetics Paper Retracted

By | September 2, 2011

Due to statistical errors, a Science paper claiming that mutation is responsible for genetic variation is retracted.

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Seeing the Forest for the Trees

By | August 1, 2011

Getting the big picture means asking lots of little questions.

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