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 Typical extended middle-class U.S. family from Indiana of Danish/German extraction. The woman in the lavender print dress is the 87-year-old great grandmother; her daughter, a 67-year-old grandmother, is next to her. They are surrounded by the third...

Why do humans have such a variety of appearances?

... to be able to recognise people who are part of your own group, even your own family. There are very special regions of the brain for ... recognise the facial differences there as you do in your own group. So that's one thing, we don't necessarily know how ...

A peeled banana

Mythconception: We share half our DNA with bananas

... vitamin C gene. Whereas some animals can produce their own vitamin C, we have to get it from our diet by eating ... genes’. When a virus infects a cell, it injects its own DNA into that cell, and this DNA replicates itself as ... the offspring will have that virus DNA integrated into its own. Because viruses are everywhere, this has happened a lot ...

Tomatoes on the vine

Perfecting the Tastiest Tomato

... of Florida, explained to Chris Smith that it was his own displeasure at the inferiority of shop-bought tomatoes ... - If you're of a certain generation and you've grown your own tomatoes, or had access to them, you realise that some of ...

Gregor Mendel

Variable hybrids: "exceptionally classy work"

... what is that law? And if you take seriously Mendel’s own way of understanding what he was doing, I think it throws ... it took 34, 35 years for anybody to notice. In Mendel’s own eyes, as in the eyes of his contemporaries, he had done ...

Finding a Genetic Diagnosis

... energy that cells need to function. They also carry their own DNA sequences that code for key components that keep the ... rainy day in Ely, Claire and I meet to talk about our own very different experiences of genetic disease (some of ... I was told not to worry, that he’d get there in his own time and I was a first time mum and bound to worry. But ...

Were Neanderthals killed off by their own campfires?

Did smoking kill the Neanderthals?

... as we did and they were possibly being killed off by their own camp fires? Gary - Yes, that would increase their ... State University Were Neanderthals killed off by their own campfires? Did smoking kill the Neanderthals? ...

Dinosaur

Are chickens and dinosaurs related?

We put Gontse's question to our very own Georgia Mills. Georgia - Well, the short answer there is ...

Chain and padlock

A blockchain for genes

... people when it comes to maintaining control over our own genetic data. David Koepsell, Encrypgen Could we store ...

Cancer cells in culture

How do cancer cells survive?

... for the cell itself, so they end up dying of their own mutations. Very, very rarely, you get this perfect storm ...

Turtle

Sexing sea turtles

... While many species use sex chromosomes - such as our own mammalian X and Y chromosomes - sea turtles do it ...

Does your DNA impact your lifespan?

... a child. I was quite young and I first became aware of my own mortality and the fact that everyone ages and dies, and ...

Could CRISPR be used to fight cancer?

... edit in those precise faults that you do see in people's own genomes and patient's genomes, and really start to see ...

Mouse Embyonic Stem Cells

Special stem cells

... biological secrets Kat Arney went on a journey of her own - up the M11 to the Babraham Institute just outside ...

DNA structure

The Next Genetics Top Model - Genetics Society

... studio today we have three of these models which in their own way represent different aspects of human health: Miss In ...

hero

Altruism: would you risk your life for a stranger?

... examples of instances when an individual has risked their own life to save someone else. And although this may seem ...

A glass of gin and tonic

Gins & Genes: Oh, you're a mutant!

... this gin, the recipe, originally was actually grown in my own back garden. Phil - Cheers everyone. In this episode ...

Ebola virus, as seen under an electron microscope. Ebola is a member of the filovirus family. The tubular \shepherd's crook\-shaped particles are generally 80nm in diameter and up to 1000nm long.

Evolving Ebola

... scientists hope to figure out how to beat viruses at their own game, making us better prepared to avoid such huge death ...

Guardian of the genome

Gene of the Month - p53

... other genes on in response to DNA damage. You can see your own TP53 gene at work if you’ve ever been foolish enough to ...

Donation

Would you donate your genome?

... comes to light every week. And your genome on its own doesn’t really mean much. It’s only when you compare ... there’ll be far richer information available on your own genome about what your predispositions may be. I have ...

Blue Crowned laughing thrush

Top birds

... biology, females don’t tend to make more birds on their own. Where are the boys? Laura - Absolutely and this is an ...

Blood pressure check

Over 500 genes linked with high blood pressure

... stroke risk? Mark - I can give you some examples. In our own work at my institution we’ve been working on a pathway ...

DNA secrets from Anglo-Saxon burial site

... Because it's a first, you just have try and make up our own reasons, you know.  Archaeologists just do it anyway.  ...

Mouse

How does CRISPR work?

... accurate NHEJ arises because of random errors in the cells own natural DNA repair mechanisms, it is theoretically ... the problems with mosaicism but is also, on it’s own, a major hurdle for using CRISPR therapeutically. I am ...

Sickled red blood cells in a patient with sickle cell anaemia

Gene editing to cure blood disorder?

... immune incompatibility, because these are the patient's own cells," says DeWitt. "And now we know this works, we need ...

Purple pea flower

Pea flowers of purple and white

... had the male parts and the female parts would do their own business, and then in the next generation he would see ...