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Math Fears Could Be Genetically Influenced, Shows Study

Math Fears Could Be Genetically Influenced, Shows Study

By Sean Patterson March 19, 2014

A large portion of the human population knows the fear of math, that stomach-rumbling anxiety encountered when numbers blur into a jumble as the only correct solution to an equation is demanded. For many these fears may stem from early …

Albino Gorilla Was Inbred, Shows Study Albino Gorilla Was Inbred, Shows Study

A new study published in the journal BMC Genomics has found that famous albino gorilla Snowflake’s white hair was caused by inbreeding. Researchers at the Barcelona Institute of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Pompeu Fabra in Spain have sequenced …

Melanomas Often Mutate in Two Specific Ways Melanomas Often Mutate in Two Specific Ways

A new study has shown that 71% of melanoma tumors have two specific mutations. The mutations were found in an area of the cancer genome where cancer-related mutations have not been found previously. “This new finding represents an initial foray …

Potential AIDS Cure Could Make HIV Dormant Potential AIDS Cure Could Make HIV Dormant
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A new study published this month in the journal Human Gene Therapy has shown that a modified protein from the HIV virus itself could someday be used to prevent AIDS. “This is like fighting fire with fire,” said David Harrich, …

Quadruple Helix DNA Spotted in Human Cells Quadruple Helix DNA Spotted in Human Cells

It’s been nearly 60 years since the structure of DNA was found to be a double helix. Now, researchers at the University of Cambridge have found that “quadruple helix” DNA structures can also be found in the human genome. A …

Is The Future Of Marketing In Genetics? Is The Future Of Marketing In Genetics?
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At risk of sounding like a total nutjob, I want to explore some interesting technologies that are developing that could one day have an impact on how marketers target their audiences, and how consumers are fed information by those who …

Alzheimer’s Gene Linked to Lower Brain Amyloid Alzheimer’s Gene Linked to Lower Brain Amyloid
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The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) today announced that researchers investigating a gene known to increase the risk of Alzheimer’s have discovered the gene is also associated with lower levels of beta amyloid in healthy older people. This finding …

Breast Cancer Study Shows Genetic Origins Breast Cancer Study Shows Genetic Origins

A study published this week in the journal Nature shows that some types breast cancers are genetically similar to ovarian tumors. Basal-like breast tumors, one of the most deadly types of breast cancers, were found to be more genetically similar …

Mutant Mosquitoes Have Florida Residents Scared Mutant Mosquitoes Have Florida Residents Scared
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Mutant Mosquito: The name itself injects fear into my heart. For whatever reason, whether it be genetics or an old gypsy curse, I attract mosquitoes like nobody else. I dread summer, especially if I’m going to Florida. The mosquitoes there …

Sunburn: Your Body’s Way of Maintaining Balance Sunburn: Your Body’s Way of Maintaining Balance
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Sunburns are beyond annoying, which is why I don’t spend very much time out in the sun. When your pasty white Irish blood causes you to fry like a pork sausage whenever you step out into a beautiful summer afternoon, …

Gingers Feel a Different Kind of Pain Gingers Feel a Different Kind of Pain
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People with fair skin and red hair get their distinctive looks from a mutation in the gene that codes for the protein melanocortin 1 receptor (MC1R). This protein aides in the synthesis of melanin, the pigment that gives us all …