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Newly Identified Gene Is Part of What Makes Us Human

Posted November 14th, 2012 at 4:30 pm (UTC-5)
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What makes us human? An international team of researchers has found a clue: A gene carried only by people – not apes or other animals – appears to have played a crucial role in the rapid evolutionary changes in the human brain that allowed us to use complex tools and language. Reseachers from the University […]

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1,000 Genomes Project Paints Detailed Picture of Human Variation

Posted October 31st, 2012 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Results of a project that has mapped the genetic material, or genomes, of 1,092 individuals from 14 countries will help researchers interpret genetic changes in people with disease. The first phase of the so-called ‘1,000 Genomes Project,’ published in the journal Nature, profiles the rare and common genetic variations in the human species. Scientists believe […]

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Scientists Find Culprit in “Tasteless” Market Tomatoes

Posted June 28th, 2012 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Beware the gorgeous red tomato. In a cruel twist of fate, the same gene that enables a tomato to ripen evenly also robs it of sweetness, according to new research published in the journal Science. For decades, breeders have prized uniform color in tomatoes, a red, fleshy fruit native to the Americas that’s now grown […]

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Study; 3 Genes Linked to Migraine Headaches

Posted June 12th, 2011 at 9:10 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. scientists have found three genes linked to crippling migraine headaches, including one that explains why women are the primary sufferers. The findings appear in the British journal Nature Genetics. The team of scientists from Harvard Medical School found variations in three genes common in migraine sufferers. Migraines are painful debilitating headaches whose symptoms often […]

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