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Written By: grant on February 17, 2015 No Comment

New Scientist marvels at the ability of DNA to store information, with a realization that glassed-in genes could safely store information for millennia:

Just 1 gram of DNA is theoretically capable of holding 455 exabytes – enough for all the data held by Google, Facebook and every other major tech company, with room to spare. […]

Written By: grant on February 11, 2015 No Comment

Fusion has the details on the growing community of DNA uploaders:

Members of openSNP upload their genes along with things like their sex, age, eye color, location, Fitbit data and medical history — for anyone to see and analyze. The record lives on forever, in an open-source database, so the detailed warning on its […]

Written By: grant on February 10, 2015 No Comment

Nature reports on a British legal ruling that’s a world-first, a step toward allowing medical scientists to create “three-parent” embryos:

This technique, known as mitochondrial replacement or three-person in vitro fertilization, aims to prevent women passing on harmful mutations in their mitochondria, the cell’s energy-producing structures. An estimated 1 in 5,000 children are born […]

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Written By: grant on January 28, 2015 No Comment

Nature checks our DNA and finds that, yes, a lot of us are related to the Mongolian conqueror… but Genghis Khan ain’t the only big daddy:

“Lots of men have lots of sons, by chance. But what normally doesn’t happen is the sons have a high probability of having lots of sons themselves. You […]

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Written By: grant on January 5, 2015 No Comment

LiveScience examines how and why rats are aroused by tiny vests:

In an unusual study, researchers allowed virgin male rats to have sex with females wearing special rodent “jackets.” Later, when scientists gave the males a chance to mate again, the animals preferred to mate with jacket-wearing female rats rather than with unclad ones.

The findings […]

Written By: grant on September 16, 2014 No Comment

Daily Beast looks over Washington University research that’s found that the singular diagnosis of schizophrenia is actually a compound disease, caused by eight different genetic disorders that “cluster” into different combinations:

As senior investigator Dr. C. Robert Cloninger notes, “[genes] don’t work by themselves. They function in concert much like an orchestra, and to […]

Written By: grant on August 21, 2014 No Comment

The Atlantic gives hope to the new generation of WebMD obsessives with a fascinating tale of an athlete who used the internet to figure out what was *really* going on in her malfunctioning body:

She cycled, ran, climbed and skied through the Rockies for hours every day, and was a veteran of Ironman triathlons. […]

Written By: grant on August 8, 2014 No Comment

Science Daily has yet more research on the heritability of stress, with research that shows the effects of stress on one pregnant mom can last four generations:

A first generation of rats were subjected to stress late in pregnancy. The following two generations were then split into two groups that were either stressed or not […]

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Written By: grant on August 4, 2014 No Comment

Science World Report takes a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed look at the mutation that makes some people chipper, functional early risers:

The researchers turned to 100 pairs of twins for this particular study…. All of these pairs of twins were the same sex and were healthy with no chronic conditions. In all, the scientists measured nightly […]

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