Basis of Blond Hair
A search for how stickleback fish evolve new skin color in different
environments led to the discovery of how blond hair evolved. From the
aquarium to the hair salon, learn about the genetics behind blondness
in this engaging and surprising story.
Are you thinking about taking a class or two this summer? From regulatory
requirements for pharmaceutical products to life science
bioinformatics, this list has a little something for everyone.
We all know that mitochondria are the “powerhouses” of the cell, but
mitochondrial fusion events also seem to play an important role in
What causes us to age? This special feature article explores the
possibilities of a recently discovered “fountain of youth” protein.
The small Y chromosome is riddled with repeat sequences, making it difficult
to study. But using the latest sequencing technologies, researchers
are starting to dig deeper into the mysteries of the Y chromosome
and its evolution. What they found is changing the way researchers
look at this chromosome.
By Kayt Sukel
This story explores new research on the question of whether or not cannabis
can lead to schizophrenia, or if the genes involved in schizophrenia
also affect the risk for drug use.
Hair has been an important topic this summer, from its color (see story #1) to
its growth. This story explores how a team of researchers studying a
syndrome where a lot of hair grows where it shouldn’t found one gene
responsible for the condition.
CRISPR/Cas9 is proving to be an extremely powerful system for genome
engineering. This story looks at the first attempt to reverse a
disease-causing mutation in adult mammals using the technology.
Imagine a research quality microscope constructed from paper, copper tape, a
button battery, an LED light bulb, and a ball lens. Imagine that
this contraption can magnify objects 100 to 2100 times and that it
allows the use of different filters. A Stanford University group
recently made this paper microscope a reality.
For you males out there working with mice, be careful when you enter the room. A team of researchers uncovered something surprising about the lab mouse: stress responses increase for the first 30 minutes after sensing a male researcher.