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Genetic Adaptation to Cold Brought Migraines With It

By Viviane Callier | May 3, 2018

Humans living in higher latitudes tend to have a variant of a gene involved in sensing cold temperatures, but it comes with a cost.  

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Hibernating Rodents Feel Less Cold

By Abby Olena | December 19, 2017

Syrian hamsters and thirteen-lined ground squirrels are tolerant of chilly temperatures, thanks to amino acid changes in a cold-responsive ion channel. 

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Spruce and pine and have relied on similar genetic toolkits for climate adaptation despite millions of years of evolution.

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Shingo Kajimura: Fishing for Answers

By Karen Zusi | November 1, 2015

Assistant Professor, Department of Cell and Tissue Biology, University of California, San Francisco. Age: 39

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Freezing Cells

By Megan Scudellari | February 1, 2013

A handful of species have learned how to survive in freezing climates. To do so, the animals must counteract the damaging effects of ice crystal formation, or keep from freezing altogether. Here are a few ways they do it.

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Icing Organs

By Megan Scudellari | February 1, 2013

Why scientists are so near and yet so far from being able to cryopreserve organs

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Humans Adapt to Icy Life

By Beth Marie Mole | January 30, 2013

A genetic analysis of Siberians finds three genes that have evolved to help the populations weather the frigid winters.

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How to Survive Freezing Waters

By Jef Akst | January 9, 2012

For at least one species of octopus, all it takes is a little RNA editing.

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