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How Baby Giraffes Inherit Their Spots
How Baby Giraffes Inherit Their Spots
News   Oct 05, 2018

Some features of a giraffe’s spot pattern are passed on from mother to baby, according to a new study led by researchers from Penn State. The study also reveals that survival of young giraffes is related to spot pattern, which may help provide camouflage from predators.

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Why Huskies Have Blue Eyes
Why Huskies Have Blue Eyes
News   Oct 05, 2018

DNA testing of more than 6,000 dogs has revealed that a duplication on canine chromosome 18 is strongly associated with blue eyes in Siberian Huskies. According to the authors, this represents the first consumer genomics study ever conducted in a non-human model and the largest canine genome-wide association study to date.

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What Keeps Chromosomes in Check During Meiosis?
What Keeps Chromosomes in Check During Meiosis?
News   Oct 05, 2018

One of the worst things that can happen to a cell is to end up with the wrong number of chromosomes. This can happen if something goes wrong during cell division, and it can lead to infertility, miscarriages, birth defects, or cancer. An estimated 30 percent of miscarriages are due to an incorrect number of chromosomes in the cells of the embryo.

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Nanopore Technology Detects Small Lung Cell Cancer MicroRNA
Nanopore Technology Detects Small Lung Cell Cancer MicroRNA
News   Oct 05, 2018

Nanopore technology with DNA computing easily detects microRNA patterns of lung cancer.

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A CRISPR Recording Device for Cell History
A CRISPR Recording Device for Cell History
News   Oct 04, 2018

A molecular recording system can convert transcriptional events into DNA, which is permanently stored, and eventually, sequenced.

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What Makes Us Altruistic?
What Makes Us Altruistic?
News   Oct 04, 2018

Genetics isn’t as important as once thought for the evolution of altruistic social behavior in some organisms, a new insight into a decade-long debate.

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Decoding the 'Green Tide'
Decoding the 'Green Tide'
News   Oct 04, 2018

Sea lettuce, a fast-growing seaweed that spawns massive “green tides,” is a prolific thief, according to research that for the first time sequenced the genome of a green seaweed. An international team found 13 cases where the sea lettuce stole genes from bacteria, using some of them to adapt to stresses such as excessive light and high salinity to become a dominant intertidal seaweed.

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Transcription Roadblock Limits Entry of Epiblast Cells to the Germline
Transcription Roadblock Limits Entry of Epiblast Cells to the Germline
News   Oct 04, 2018

Fresh insights on processes governing the very earliest stages in the separation of germ cells from all other cells.

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Every Cell Has a Story to Tell in Brain Injury
Every Cell Has a Story to Tell in Brain Injury
News   Oct 04, 2018

NIH-funded study suggests specific cells and genes may be potential treatment targets

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Diet Impacts Breast Microbiome
Diet Impacts Breast Microbiome
News   Oct 03, 2018

The breast gland also has a microbiome, and like the gut microbiome, it too can be affected by diet.

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