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Posts tagged DNA

December 17, 2012

 

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Why Humans (Not Chimps) Get Cancer

Why are diseases like cancer so common in humans but so rare in chimps?

November 2, 2012

 

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How Similar Are Humans And Chimps?

I know that humans and chimps share something like 98 percent of our DNA. But what does this really mean?

October 30, 2012

 

bear in water scratching head

How Do Bears Scratch An Itch?

Got an itch? You should take a lesson from bears!

September 27, 2012

 

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Trading DNA Happens In Nature

Wouldn't it be great if we could trade genes with other species?

September 18, 2012

 

whale tail in water

Do Whales Get Sunburnt?

Researchers have been studying the effects of UV rays on whales in the Gulf of California for over three years...

June 20, 2012

 

neanderthal heads in a museum

What Happened To The Neanderthals?

Scientists have found evidence that by the time modern humans arrived in Europe, Neanderthals had already experienced an extinction scare.

May 29, 2012

 

HGPS is a childhood disorder caused by mutations in one of the major architectural proteins of the cell nucleus.

What Is Progeria?

Progeria was first described in the nineteenth century. The mysterious disease is often thought of as premature aging.

May 3, 2012

 

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Ultraviolet Light May Be Used To Replace Pasteurization

Scientists believe they have a high-tech use for one of nature's natural anti-bacterial agents, ultraviolet light. They can use it to replace pasteurization.

April 20, 2012

 

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Are Antioxidants The Fountain Of Youth?

Reading ads for antioxidant supplements, you'd think you'd found the fountain of youth. What are antioxidants and how do they work?

April 6, 2012

 

asian clam on beach

Attack Of The Clams

If you think the Clones on Star Wars were a threat, just wait until you hear about Asian clams.

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