Category: Genetics

Hemophilia: A Royal Disease

By: Kimberly Shen Edited by: Arianna Winchester On August 12, 1904, three hundred rounds of cannons were set off to announce the birth of the first son born to the current royal family in St. Petersburg, Russia. This birth was particularly special for both the Russian royal family and Russian people since they finally had

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Mitochondrial DNA: Sinking a Century-Old Myth

By: Kimberly Shen Edited by: Arianna Winchester   Though we may think we know everything about the destruction of the Titanic over a century ago, new scientific developments are enabling us to find out new information about what actually happened on that tragic night in 1912. Modern methods of mitochondrial DNA testing has been able

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Genetically Engineering Our Future

Scientists today use biotechnology to insert and remove genes, altering characteristics in various organisms. This process of “genetic engineering” involves manipulating an organism’s genome—the collection of genetic material, including DNA and RNA. Interestingly, these techniques utilize  naturally occurring organisms and phenomena. Many organisms possess DNA editing tools, such as nuclease enzymes, that regulate DNA reproduction.

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Breaking Down a Binary: New Research Suggests a Spectrum of Biological Sexes

By: Tiago Palmisano Edited by: Josephine McGowan  The discussion of gender identity has seen a sharp increase in recent years. As social stigma fades and scientific understanding increases, those who do not identify with the traditional gender binary are gaining the acceptance that all humans deserve. But the concept of “biological” sex identification remains a

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How Love Works: Part 2 – Neurotransmitters and Genetic Factors

By: Aditya Nair Edited by: Bryce Harlan Now that we’ve gone over some of the reasons why the development of love may have been an evolutionary advantage, let’s move on to the nitty-gritty aspects of love. What do we know about what actually happens in the brain when we fall in love? We turn to

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Escaping the Vortex: Genetic Rescue as Means of Conservation

By Alexandra DeCandia Humans have a talent for disrupting natural processes. Through the overharvest of species and inundation of landscapes with highways and suburbs, we’ve continuously rendered wild populations small and fragmented. Compared to larger, outbred populations, these communities exhibit higher rates of inbreeding. If their circumstances do not improve, inbreeding depression, or reduced reproductive

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