Genetics

Epstein-Barr virus linked to seven serious diseases

A far-reaching study conducted by scientists at Cincinnati Children's reports that the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)—best known for causing mononucleosis—also increases the risks for some people of developing seven other major ...

Apr 16, 2018
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Natural selection still at work in humans

Evolution has shaped the human race, with University of Queensland researchers finding signatures of natural selection in the genome that influence traits associated with fertility and heart function.

Apr 18, 2018
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Scientists build better way to decode the genome

The genome is the body's instruction manual. It contains the raw information—in the form of DNA—that determines everything from whether an animal walks on four legs or two, to one's potential risk for disease. But this ...

Apr 06, 2018
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Even DNA that doesn't encode genes can drive cancer

Most of the human genome—98 percent—is made up of DNA but doesn't actually encode genes, the recipes cells use to build proteins. The vast majority of genetic mutations associated with cancer occur in these non-coding ...

Apr 02, 2018
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