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Doppelgängers Similar in Looks and DNA: Study
Look-alikes are also more likely to share lifestyle traits.
Doppelgängers Similar in Looks and DNA: Study
Doppelgängers Similar in Looks and DNA: Study

Look-alikes are also more likely to share lifestyle traits.

Look-alikes are also more likely to share lifestyle traits.

gene activity
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Antibiotics Given to Moths Spur Upregulation of Growth Genes
Devin A. Reese | Mar 1, 2022
A new study has identified a molecular tradeoff between growth and immunity in moths in response to the administration of subtherapeutic doses of antibiotics, a common practice in animal husbandry.
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Aging in Mice Linked to Misexpression of Class of Genes
Sophie Fessl | Dec 21, 2021
Genes lacking a particular structure known as CpG islands tend to go haywire in older cells, a study finds, potentially contributing to key facets of aging. But it’s not yet clear if the relationship is causal.
PATH TO TREATMENT: Marley, pictured here with her father, was diagnosed with the rare genetic condition Bachmann-Bupp syndrome a few years ago.
Doctors Treat Girl’s Genetic Disorder with Repurposed Drug
Amanda Heidt | Dec 1, 2021
In just 16 months, physicians went from identifying a novel rare disease in three-year-old Marley to successfully treating her with a drug previously used to treat African sleeping sickness and pediatric cancer.
Scaling BAC on Time and Sample
The Scientist Creative Services Team in collaboration with Agilent Technologies | Apr 9, 2021
A new and simplified quality control method confirms the cloning of both small and large inserts in bacterial artificial chromosomes (BACs) with significantly less time and sample.
New Map Charts Genetic Expression Across Tissue Types, Sexes
Ashley Yeager | Sep 10, 2020
A decade-long effort to probe gene regulation reveals differences between males and females, points to essential regulatory elements, and offers insight into past work on telomeres.
Defining Rare Disorders: A Profile of Judith Hall
Anna Azvolinsky | Sep 1, 2019
By bringing genetics into clinical medicine, the University of British Columbia medical geneticist helped to identify the gene mutations responsible for many rare diseases.
Japanese grass pufferfish (Takifugu niphobles) CT scan
Pufferfish Spines Shaped by Same Genes as Feathers and Fish Scales
Nicoletta Lanese | Jul 29, 2019
To see if the spiky fish shares signaling pathways found in other organisms, scientists scooped up specimens during a mating frenzy on the shores of Japan.
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C. elegans Healthier Without Longevity Gene
Chia-Yi Hou | Jul 17, 2019
Worms with the reproduction-related TCER-1 gene deleted could fight off infection for longer and survived better when exposed to heat and radiation.
Stuart Orkin
In Our Blood: A Profile of Stuart Orkin
Anna Azvolinsky | Jul 15, 2019
By unraveling the molecular underpinnings of inherited blood disorders, the Boston Children’s Hospital researcher has provided the basis for therapies now being tested for beta-thalassemia and sickle cell disease.
Microbe Miner: A Profile of Rob Knight
Anna Azvolinsky | Jun 1, 2019
Developing computational tools to analyze the reams of microbial sequencing data his lab generates, the UC San Diego microbiologist is a pioneer of microbiome research.
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Robert Murphy Bets Self-Driving Instruments Will Crack Biology’s Mysteries
Shawna Williams | May 1, 2019
The Carnegie Mellon computational biologist thinks machine learning algorithms can direct high-throughput experiments to solve the field’s unanswered questions.
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Caught on Camera
The Scientist Staff | Apr 1, 2019
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Image of the Day: Double Header
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 8, 2019
Scientists have manipulated the electrical signals that help guide flatworms in regenerating their body parts to encourage a flatworm to grow two heads.
Genetic Neurologist: A Profile of Huda Zoghbi
Anna Azvolinsky | Nov 1, 2018
Turning to molecular genetics, the Baylor pediatric neurologist and geneticist works to discover the biological basis for the rare neurological diseases she sees in her patients.
FDA Approves Oral Drug for Fabry Disease
Ashley Yeager | Aug 13, 2018
The medicine increases the activity of a deficient enzyme in certain patients with the condition.
Gene Activity Could Give Clues to Time of Death
Ashley Yeager | Feb 12, 2018
RNA-sequencing data reveal that specific tissues have distinct changes in gene expression after an individual has passed away.