Genetics

Could Life Use a Longer Genetic Code? Maybe, but It’s Unlikely

As wildly diverse As life on Earth is—whether it’s a jaguar hunting down a deer in the Amazon, an orchid vine spiraling around a tree in the Congo, primitive cells growing in boiling hot springs in Canada, or a stockbroker sipping coffee on Wall Street—at the genetic level, it all plays by the same rules. …

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Genomic differences selected through evolution may offer clues as to why COVID-19 outcomes vary widely

Though medical underlying conditions playing an important role, many aspects of why COVID-19 severity can differ vastly from one person to another have remained unclear. A new study identifies dozens of genomic variants that may drive these hard-to-predict differences in clinical outcomes. According to work led by University of Pennsylvania scientists, genomic variants in four …

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New DNA technology could help solve missing person cases

Forensic genetic genealogy could help solve mysteries involving missing people and unidentified remains. ATLANTA — There are 2,500 missing people in the state of Georgia and 154 unidentified remains. New technology called forensic genetic genealogy could help solve those mysteries. One includes the case of a young girl whose death and identity have been unknown …

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Screening Program Could Identify 1 Million Americans with Genetic Heart Disease

A screening program that combines genetic and lab testing could identify 1 million Americans who are at risk of early death from heart disease because they carry a gene that causes high cholesterol, found researchers at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. High cholesterol is among the leading causes of heart attacks …

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Lauren Ruotolo Has a Bone-Warping Disease, Started Inclusive Shoe Line

Lauren Ruotolo quit her job as a marketing executive to focus on disability advocacy. Ruotolo, who has a rare genetic disease, launched a shoe line with stylish, size-inclusive footwear. This article is part of “Me, First,” a series about successful women who prioritize their passions and well-being. LoadingSomething is loading. With her short stature, scoliosis, …

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To invade land, plants had to fend off fungus

Share this Article You are free to share this article under the Attribution 4.0 International license. New findings clarify how plant life established itself on the surface of our planet. Specifically, the researchers demonstrate that two genes are indispensable for allowing terrestrial plants to defend themselves against fungal attack—a defense mechanism that they trace back …

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Fabry Disease GLA Gene Variant Found in Parkinson’s Patients

A variant in the GL Gene associated with Fabry disease was found in four women with Parkinson’s disease, but they had no Fabry symptoms, according to results from a study of 236 Parkinson’s patients. According to the research team, the significance of the mutation and the relationship between the two diseases requires further investigation. “The …

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