What is mRNA? The messenger molecule that's been in every living cell for billions of years is the key ingredient in some COVID-19 vaccines
Recently in the spotlight for its role in the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, mRNA is not a new invention. It's a crucial messenger molecule at work every day in every cell in your body.
April 9, 2021 • ~7 min
Male rats transfer different hereditary information to their offspring depending on their age.
March 16, 2021 • ~5 min
The achievement didn't live up to the hype, but it has illuminated new areas of 'genetic dark matter'.
Feb. 19, 2021 • ~10 min
Man-made chemical disrupt the activities of most human genes. What effect does this have on human health and how should regulators respond?
Oct. 15, 2020 • ~8 min
By studying the DNA of people who lived in East Asia thousands of years ago, scientists are starting to untangle how the region was populated.
Sept. 15, 2020 • ~11 min
All too often the medical community 'fat-shames' patients trying to lose weight, when in fact obesity and overweight are complicated medical issues.
Sept. 8, 2020 • ~9 min
Brain scientists haven't been able to find major differences between women's and men's brains, despite over a century of searching
Attempts to find brain structures responsible for supposed cognitive sex differences have not succeeded.
Aug. 6, 2020 • ~8 min
From marmots to mole-rats to marmosets – studying many genes in many animals is key to understanding how humans can live longer
Is there a single master gene that controls longevity in all mammals? Or are 'Fountain of Youth' genes little more than a myth?
July 1, 2020 • ~8 min
Your genes could determine whether the coronavirus puts you in the hospital – and we're starting to unravel which ones matter
Researchers from Oregon Health and Science University found that variations in genes that code for parts of the cellular alarm system might play a role in how well people fight off COVID-19.
May 5, 2020 • ~6 min