A massive public health effort eradicated smallpox but scientists are still studying the deadly virus
The smallpox virus appears to have been with humanity for millennia before a global vaccination drive wiped it out. Current genome research suggests how smallpox spread and where it came from.
June 24, 2020 • ~12 min
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Cambridge-led study discovers new genetic causes of rare diseases, potentially leading to improved diagnosis and better patient care.
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Wei Hsi “Ariel” Yeh dedicated her research in chemistry to solving some of the vast genetic mysteries behind hearing loss.
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A new multinational study has shown how the process of distinguishing viruses and bacteria could be accelerated through the use of computational methods.
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It might protect thousands of people.
March 17, 2020 • ~5 min
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Fewer off-target edits and greater targeting scope bring gene editing technology closer to treating human diseases.
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A study of North America's only native parrot confirms its disappearance was down to humans alone.
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An analysis of 20 butterfly genomes found evidence that many butterfly species — including distantly related species — show a surprisingly high amount of gene flow between them, Harvard researchers found.
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A new study finds that being genetically programmed to rise early may lead to greater well-being and a lower risk of schizophrenia and depression.
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