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Cheddar Man alters the route we think about our ancestors

The study of a 10,000 -year-old man astonished people where reference is disclosed his blue eyes and dark scalp and few predicted he would reshape our view of our genetic heritage Genetics The Observer Cheddar Man alters the route we think about our ancestors The study of a 10,000 -year-old man astounded people when it …

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Can the Koala Genome Save the Species From Deforestation and Chlamydia?

You genuinely gotta feel for the koala. It lives exclusively on poisonous eucalyptus leaves, which limits its feeding alternatives. Habitat destruction has splintered the species into isolated populations. And as if that weren’t enough, koalas are suffering a chlamydia epidemic. All told, Australia’s iconic tree-dwelling marsupial is in serious trouble. What appear to be disparate …

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Weight loss linked to healthy eating not genetics, study finds

Participants who ate the most vegetables and ingested the fewest processed foods, sugary beverages and unhealthy fats shed the most kilograms The amount and quality of food and not a person’s genetics will lead to weight loss, a US study has found. It has been suggested that variations in genetic makeup make it easier for …

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How Self-Limiting Mosquitos Can Help Eradicate Malaria

Next month, in a laboratory an hour outside of London, scientists will begin stitching bits of DNA together and inserting them into hundreds of tiny, cucumber-shaped insect eggs. It’s the first step toward engineering a new kind of mosquito–the kind that could help eradicate malaria on this side of the Prime Meridian. The mosquito is …

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You Don’t Need a Personal Genetics Test to Take Charge of Your Health

The online storefront for the consumer genetics company Orig3n features an image of a young lady facing toward a sepia horizon. Her tresses are wavy, her triceps enviably toned. Her determined posture complements the transcript floating beside her: “Take charge of your future, ” it reads. “Orig3n DNA tests uncover the links between your genes …

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