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December 22, 2010

 

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Making Stem Cells From A Wise Part Of The Body: Wisdom Teeth

Scientists may soon be able to use wisdom teeth to create stem cells.

November 1, 2010

 

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Are Your Political Views Genetic?

A new study suggests that a 'liberal gene' may have a role in determining your political views!

August 20, 2010

 

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M&Ms Can Help Explain Genetic Drift

What is "genetic drift?" How does it affect an animal's genes and their genetic variation?

August 16, 2010

 

Kangaroo jumping during sunset

Marsupials May Not Have Originated In Australia

When you think of marsupials, like wallabies and kangaroos, you might believe them to be natives of Australia. But new evidence suggests that is unlikely.

April 2, 2010

 

This structure represents a dehydrogenase enzyme from the bacteria Colwellia psychrerythraea. The enzyme is capable of generating harmful reactive oxygen species and has been implicated in neurodegeneration, ischemia-reperfusion, cancer and several other disorders.

Your Genetic Cookbook: How Cells And Viruses Work

Have you ever gotten a virus and wondered how your body was fighting it off?

October 9, 2009

 

Mircosope image of small cell carcinoma

Evolving Toward Cancer

Have humans evolved to be at risk for diseases like cancer?

September 23, 2009

 

Two blackcap birds pirching on a tree branch.

Blackcaps Change Their Migration Patterns…But Why?

Unlike their ancestors, current birds of Britain aren't flying south for the winter. How are they surviving the colder months?

April 17, 2009

 

Pollen covered honey bee

Die, Bee, Die!

In evolutionary terms, a "successful" organism is one that passes on its genes -- not necessarily one that lives a long life.

March 4, 2009

 

Aphids crawling on leaf

Family Planning, Aphid Style

Female aphids don't need males to reproduce. Their trick is called "parthenogenesis" and means big savings in time and energy.

February 26, 2009

 

Chemotherapy patient

Why Chemo Works for Some People More Than Others

Chemotherapy works well for some people or cancers, but not as well for others.

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