News tagged with human genetics

Evolving a bigger brain with human DNA

The size of the human brain expanded dramatically during the course of evolution, imparting us with unique capabilities to use abstract language and do complex math. But how did the human brain get larger than that of our ...

dateFeb 19, 2015 in Biotechnology
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DNA 'cage' could improve nanopore technology

Despite having a diameter tens of thousands of times smaller than a human hair, nanopores could be the next big thing in DNA sequencing. By zipping DNA molecules through these tiny holes, scientists hope to one day read off ...

dateFeb 10, 2015 in Bio & Medicine
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Do viruses make us smarter?

A new study from Lund University in Sweden indicates that inherited viruses that are millions of years old play an important role in building up the complex networks that characterise the human brain.

dateJan 12, 2015 in Cell & Microbiology
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