By: Kelly Marquize
Modern science is nothing short of amazing. We are able to do things that go beyond the realm of common imagination. Every day, science progresses and new innovation techniques are found to combat medical issues. But where do we draw the line? Issues such as...
By: Tarek Musslimani
With few exceptions such as that which occurs with muscle cells and neurons of the nervous system in which case these cells connot regenerate or divide, all other cells of the body are able to regenerate and divide. Cells in the human body have each...
The association of neurexin-3 with waist circumference points to a link between obesity and addiction
By: Alicia M Prater PhD
Obesity is characterized by the presence of excess fatty tissue, called adipose, which usually accumulates around the waist. People with a larger waist circumference are considered more obese and are often of a higher weight and higher cardiovascular risk; obesity is a major health concern...
The first cell with a synthetic genome
By: Alicia M Prater PhD
Each living organism has a genetic code that determines its characteristics and properties. The genetic material carries the history of the organism’s development through generations – mutations, selection, and combinations. Each organism is a product of its parents, a combination of their genetic codes...
How genetics affects your looks
By: Alicia M Prater PhD
Everything about the human body is determined by genetics, even one’s looks. Within each human cell is the genetic code in the form of DNA. DNA is basically made of four chemical components called nucleotides that occur in seemingly random sequences. Segments of sequence...
How scientists are creating fat-friendly meat with transgenics
By: Alicia M Prater PhD
Omega-3 fatty acids are considered to be “healthy” fats. Found mainly in fish, these fats have been linked to beneficial cardiovascular effects and other health benefits, such as a decreased risk of cancer and diabetes and a positive effect on inflammatory disorders. However, most...
Enviropig: How transgenics is making a cleaner pig
By: Alicia M Prater PhD
Pig waste is a problem for both farmers and the environment. Pigs are unable to digest phytate, a phosphorus compound that makes up 50 to 75 percent of the phosphorus content of the grains and plants eaten as dietary staples by these animals. The phytate...
How clinical genetics can save money for the health industry
By: Hannah Russell
As the field of genetics becomes more and more defined and much more advanced, the world of clinical genetics is becoming larger as well. Clinical genetics is the medical applications of human genetics. This can include, but is not limited to gene therapy, personalized medicine...
Is Cloning our Pets a Slippery Slope to Human Cloning
By: Morgan Carlson
The issues surrounding cloning in general have always left a unique feeling in the minds of those who contend with the struggle between what is natural and what is an abomination. People affected by monster movies and stories like Frankenstein fear the thought of creating...
By: Alexis Fischer
Oncogenes are found in normal cells and encode proteins involved in the control of replication, apoptosis (cell death) or both. They are involved in the normal function of the cell, but if activated can turn that cell into a cancer cell. Activation of an oncogene...

 

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