Archive: 05/29/2008

A common aquatic animal's genome can capture foreign DNA

Long viewed as straitlaced spinsters, sexless freshwater invertebrate animals known as bdelloid rotifers may actually be far more promiscuous than anyone had imagined: Scientists at Harvard University have found that the ...

May 29, 2008 4.7 / 5 (6) 0

Bridging the math gender gap

The gender gap in math perceived to exist between girls and boys has long been contested. New research published in the journal Science sheds clarity on the debate and demonstrates that girls perform better in mathematics in mor ...

May 29, 2008 4 / 5 (5) 2

Rewriting Greenland's immigration history

The first immigrants in Greenland were not Indians from the North American continent or Canadian Inuit as previously suggested. And it is not just a question of revising the Greenlandic immigration history. The discovery ...

May 29, 2008 4.6 / 5 (10) 0

The Rett gene -- a rogue activator

In 1999, when Dr. Huda Zoghbi and her Baylor College of Medicine colleagues identified a mutation of the gene MeCP2 as the culprit in Rett syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder, the discovery was only the prelude to understanding ...

May 29, 2008 3.7 / 5 (3) 0

Did walking on 2 feet begin with a shuffle?

Somewhere in the murky past, between four and seven million years ago, a hungry common ancestor of today’s primates, including humans, did something novel. While temporarily standing on its rear feet to reach a piece of ...

May 29, 2008 3.4 / 5 (11) 2

The structure of XPD sheds light on cancer and aging

The protein XPD is one component of an essential repair mechanism that maintains the integrity of DNA. XPD is unique, however, in that pinpoint mutations of this single protein are responsible for three different ...

May 29, 2008 4.4 / 5 (5) 0