Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Missing DNA helps make us human

A new study demonstrates that specific traits that distinguish humans from their closest living relatives – chimpanzees, with whom we share 96 percent of our DNA – can be attributed to the loss of chunks of DNA ...

Mar 09, 2011 4.6 / 5 (18) 5 | with audio podcast

Transcription runs like clockwork

(Phys.org)—It's not just a few key genes and proteins that cycle on and off in humans in a 24-hour circadian pattern as the sun rises and falls. Thousands of genes in organs throughout the body show predictable daily fluctuations, ...

Sep 03, 2012 5 / 5 (2) 0 | with audio podcast