Genetics & Evolution
7 Things That People Get Wrong About Evolution and Natural Selection
Unfortunately, it's fairly common to encounter mistaken interpretations of evolution and natural selection. This article looks at 7 common misconceptions.
Hormones and How They Affect Our Lives
A hormone is defined as a chemical substance produced in the body that controls and regulates the activity of certain cells or organs. Despite operating as micro-level human body processes, their operations are essential to our survival and affect our everyday activities of life.
How Does Forensic Dna Profiling Work?
We know that everyone's DNA is unique, but do you know exactly how forensic scientists tell people apart from their DNA? In this article, we explore the concept of microsatellites (or STRs) and apply this knowledge to tackle an exciting mock case example with riveting twists and turns.
8 Neanderthal Traits in Modern Humans
Did you know that up to 2% of genes in the human population are actually from Neanderthals? Mood disorders and sleeping patterns are among the traits influenced by these genes. Read on to learn more about the traits modern humans have in common with Neanderthals.
Genetic Diversity: Mutations, Sexual Reproduction, Migration, and Population Size
Genetic diversity is the variation in the characteristics inherited from the parent organisms in a population of a specific species. Genetic diversity can come about through a number of ways: mutations, sexual reproduction, migration, and population size.
Sickle Cell Disease or Anemia and CRISPR-Cas9 Genome Editing
Sickle cell disease is painful for sufferers and can sometimes be dangerous. Genome editing may one day correct the mutation that causes the disorder.
The Origin of Black People With Blue Eyes
According to genetics, it is extremely rare, but still possible, for a black person to have blue eyes. This article will cover the science behind black people with blue eyes, and will provide some well-known examples.
Facts About Dinosaurs and Some Animatronic Models at the PNE
Dinosaurs Alive is an exhibition consisting of large, animatronic dinosaurs. This article contains facts about the real animals and photos of some of the models.
Fascinating and Unusual Facts About Green Eye Color
When I meet someone for the first time, I always notice their eyes. Here are some cool facts about people with green eyes.
Inherited Physical Disorders and the Amish Baby Boom
Despite contrary advice, marrying a first cousin can indeed result in a greater probability of birthing a child with genetic defects. The Amish avoid these close marriages, too.
Does Eye Color Indicate Intelligence or Personality? What Are Your Eyes Telling the World?
Researchers are embarking on studies that show a correlation between the color and pattern of the human eye iris and personality and intelligence. What do your eyes tell the world?
Blood Types: History, Genetics, and Percentages Around the World
Prior to the discovery of blood groups, blood transfusions were often deadly. Physicians attempted the use of milk and animal blood as an alternative to human blood, but met with limited success: the discovery of blood types allowed modern transfusions to safely take place. Blood typing, blood groups around the world, and the genetics of blood types are discussed in this article.
Redheads: The Genetics of Hair Color
Hair color is primarily genetic, and red hair is caused by mutations in the MC1R gene. The gene for red hair also causes an increased sensitivity to sunlight and a reduced sensitivity to anesthesia. Contrary to internet rumors, redheads are not going extinct! Famous redheads include Queen Elizabeth I and Malcolm X.
Blood of the Irish: What DNA Tells Us About the Ancestry of People in Ireland
Examining what it means to have Irish blood, outlining where Irish DNA comes from and who are the closest genetic relatives of the Irish in Europe. Of interest to anyone with Irish ancestry who wants to understand their genealogy.
The Y Chromosome: Ancestry, Genetics, and the Making of a Man
The Y chromosome contains haplogroups which allow people to trace their family history, genes which control male development, and may actually be disappearing.
Telomeres and Telomerase: Possible Roles in Aging and Cancer
Telomeres protect the ends of chromosomes. Telomerase is an enzyme that stops telomeres from shortening. Both may play a role in the aging process and in cancer.