News tagged with evolutionary history

A powerful HMMER for data mining

HMMER software implements a powerful new generation of mathematical techniques for identifying hundreds of thousands of related sequences. HMMER results help researchers infer the function of a protein and ...

dateJun 03, 2015 in Biotechnology
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Human fear of spiders draws scientific focus

A fear of spiders, arachnophobia, is in our DNA. You don't learn to freeze at the site of these creatures; you're born with the fear. Even the sight of hypodermic needles and houseflies does not trigger a ...

dateApr 06, 2015 in Evolution weblog
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Comparing the genomes of the leprosy bacteria

Leprosy is a chronic infection of the skin, peripheral nerves, eyes and mucosa of the upper respiratory tract, affecting over a quarter million people worldwide. Its symptoms can be gruesome and devastating, ...

dateMar 23, 2015 in Biotechnology
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Big toe's big bone holds evolutionary key

Our skeletons hold tell-tale signs that show that human bipedalism – walking upright and on two feet – are unique to humans especially when compared to our closest living relatives, apes. Exactly when ...

dateMar 13, 2015 in Evolution
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