Hidden Switches in the Mind
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CSI: Birding ... barcoding the past, present and future
The extinction of an animal is no longer the end of our opportunity to learn new things about its ecology and biology. The same technology that recently reconstructed the genome of the Neanderthal man…
Science/Nature | Genetics of eye colour unlocked
Just a few "letters" out of six billion that make up the genetic code are responsible for most variation in human eye colour.
How Your Thoughts Change Your Brain, Cells, And Genes - The Best Brain Possible
Every minute of every day, your brain, cells and genes are literally changing in response to the thoughts that run through your mind.
What We Can Learn From Our Genes
When we look closely, what are our genes trying to tell us? Nearly 25 years ago, an international group of scientists started The Human Genome Project. It was an ambitious, multibillion-dollar project that sought to map the whole of the human genome—a huge leap forward in understanding our genetics, the roots of genetic diseases, and how best to treat them. By 2001, scientists had a rough draft of the human genome, and in 2003 the project was declared complete. The effectiveness of the…
Recording analog memories in human cells
MIT biological engineers have devised a way to record complex histories in the DNA of human cells, allowing them to store and retrieve memories of past events. This system could help scientists study how cells differentiate during embryonic development; experience environmental conditions; and undergo genetic changes that lead to disease.