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In search of lost genes

It is well known that genes are passed from one generation to the next. In addition, new genes arise regularly, although the number of genes in a particular organism does not seem to increase. The paradox ...

Feb 17, 2014
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Longevity mutation found in flies far and wide

For years, researchers have been investigating how mutations of a gene called Indy (for "I'm Not Dead Yet") affect metabolism, life span, and reproductive fitness in both mammals and fruit flies. So far mutations ...

Feb 05, 2014
5 / 5 (5) 1 | with audio podcast

Environment drives genetics in 'Evolution Canyon'

Interplay between genes and the environment has been pondered at least since the phrase "nature versus nurture" was coined in the mid-1800s. But until the arrival of modern genomic sequencing tools, it was hard to measure ...

Dec 12, 2013
5 / 5 (1) 1 | with audio podcast

A new, flying jellyfish-like machine (w/ Video)

Up, up in the sky: It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a... jellyfish? That's what researchers have built—a small vehicle whose flying motion resembles the movements of those boneless, pulsating, water-dwelling creatures.

Nov 24, 2013
4.5 / 5 (14) 7 | with audio podcast