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Pioneering Geneticist C. Thomas Caskey Dies at 83
Caskey’s contributions to the field were instrumental to modern genetics.
ABOVE: BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
Pioneering Geneticist C. Thomas Caskey Dies at 83
Pioneering Geneticist C. Thomas Caskey Dies at 83

Caskey’s contributions to the field were instrumental to modern genetics.

Caskey’s contributions to the field were instrumental to modern genetics.

ABOVE: BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

genetic code

Artist’s rendering of the protein synthesis process, in which a tRNA molecules carry amino acids to a ribosome that’s decoding a strand of mRNA.
Screen of 250,000 Species Reveals Tweaks to Genetic Code
Dan Robitzski | Nov 9, 2021
A massive screen of bacterial and archaeal genomes revealed five previously unknown instances where an organism uses an alternate code to translate genetic blueprints into proteins.
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Protein Size Matters
David Adam | Sep 23, 2021
A study probes how genetic duplications that can swell protein length influence human traits such as height and kidney function.
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Many Bacteria and Archaea Promoters Work Forward and Backward
Jack J. Lee | May 28, 2021
New analyses find that divergent transcription, in which one promoter directs the expression of two adjacent genes oriented in opposite directions, is conserved across all domains of life.
DNA’s Coding Power Doubled
Ruth Williams | Feb 21, 2019
All life on Earth uses a genetic code based on four nucleotides. Now, scientists have created one with eight.
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Genes Explain About 11 Percent of Differences in Years of Education
Shawna Williams | Jul 24, 2018
The influence of genetic variants tops that of socioeconomic status.
Protozoans Found With No Dedicated Stop Codons
Karen Zusi | Oct 1, 2016
Some ciliates use the same trio of nucleotides to code for an amino acid and to stop translation.
Ciliates Are Genetic-Code Deviants
Karen Zusi | Sep 30, 2016
Traditional stop codons have a double meaning in the protozoans' mRNA, sometimes calling for an amino acid during translation.