Genes highlight differences in wild and tame rabbits

New research sheds light on the gene differences in wild and domesticated rabbits, including genes related to tolerating humans.

Texas A&M University • futurity
Jan. 15, 2021 ~5 min

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Common brain disorder more likely in kids with big heads

A common brain disorder, Chiari 1 malformation, is four times more likely among children with large heads, research finds.

Tamara Bhandari-Washington University • futurity
Dec. 30, 2020 ~8 min

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Colorful light reveals how worms get longer lives

A metabolite called colanic acid can extend the lifespan of worms as much as 50%. New research uses optogenetics to clarify that discovery.

Jade Boyd-Rice • futurity
Dec. 28, 2020 ~9 min

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These DNA locations shape the human face

"We found an extensive set of locations in our DNA that play a role in the development of the human face."

A'ndrea Elyse Messer-Penn State • futurity
Dec. 16, 2020 ~7 min

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We scanned the DNA of 8,000 people to see how facial features are controlled by genes

Like it or not, the facial feature most influenced by your genes is your nose. Researchers investigate which genes are involved in sculpting the face.

John R. Shaffer, Assistant Professor of Human Genetics, University of Pittsburgh • conversation
Dec. 7, 2020 ~9 min

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Why so many colorful little warblers? These 2 genes

"Wood warblers are an incredibly colorful and diverse group of birds, with more than a hundred species in total." Here's why.

Gail McCormick-Penn State • futurity
Nov. 30, 2020 ~8 min

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Why so many colorful little warblers? These 2 genes

"Wood warblers are an incredibly colorful and diverse group of birds, with more than a hundred species in total." Here's why.

Gail McCormick-Penn State • futurity
Nov. 30, 2020 ~8 min

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Gene loss gave songbirds the ‘pipes’ for singing

Researchers have mapped 363 genomes from 92.4% of all bird families on Earth. Their findings include insight into how songbirds got their voices.

Ida Eriksen-U. Copenhagen • futurity
Nov. 12, 2020 ~5 min

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Insulin ‘block’ may leave humans vulnerable to diabetes

Insulin is in an evolutionary "cul-de-sac," report researchers. The findings could explains rising rates of type 2 diabetes around the world.

Katie Duffey-Indiana U. • futurity
Nov. 9, 2020 ~7 min

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In just 100 years, humans cut lions’ genetic diversity

In just 100 years, humans have had a significant impact on the genetic diversity of lions. "I was surprised... and disappointed," says James Derr.

Jennifer Gauntt - Texas A&M • futurity
Nov. 5, 2020 ~8 min

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