• How the Ebola Virus Affects the Human Body

    The Ebola virus is a member of the Filoviridae family of RNA viruses. It causes an often fatal disease in humans called Ebola hemorrhagic fever.
    By Rafael August 19, 2014 

  • Siamese Cat Genetics: Your Cat is a Heat-Map

    Siamese cats have a unique coat pattern. The gradual shading of the extremities is caused by a recessive gene with temperature-sensitive expression. The resulting pattern is essentially a heat-map of the cat's body.
    By Robyn Broyles August 2, 2013 

  • What is Antigenic Shift?

    Antigenic shift is an important biological phenomenon that is of importance in studying pathogens and the diseases that they cause. Antigenic shift is mostly reported in influenza, although it could happen with any viral pathogen.
    By Balachandar Radhakrishnan June 28, 2011 

  • Everything You Want to Know about Telomeres and Longevity

    Telomeres are repetitive regions of DNA at the tips of chromosomes. Understanding how they function could help to slow down the ageing process. Find out how with our telomere FAQ.
    By Paul Arnold June 28, 2011 

  • What is a Hox Gene?

    Without Hox genes you'd be a very different looking person. They ensure that your head sits on the top of your body, that your feet are at the bottom, that your arms hang by your side and that your nose is in the centre of your face. They are the...
    By Paul Arnold April 12, 2011 

  • Genetics Careers: the Cytogenetic Technologist

    Cytogenetic technologists are laboratory workers who analyze human chromosomes—both healthy and abnormal—with relation to disease. Abnormal chromosomal condition and abnormal chromosome number directly translate to diseases including retardation...
    By VinceSummers March 31, 2011 

  • Rosalind Franklin and the DNA Double Helix

    A biophysicist and crystallographer in the 1940s and 50s, Rosalind Franklin undertook imaging work that unlocked the secrets to DNA’s structure. It is only since the publication of James Watson’s memoir that the significance of her contribution...
    By Rishi Prakash February 17, 2011 

  • Understanding the Kreb's Cycle

    The Krebs cycle is necessary for life. Read on to learn more about this important process and how it occurs.
    By R. Elizabeth C. Kitchen November 20, 2010 

  • Structural and Functional Aspect of Protein Folding

    Proteins formed during the translational process are require to go through various post-translational modifications to make them functional. Learn the mechanisms that take place during protein folding and processing.
    By Rishi Prakash August 17, 2010 

  • What Causes Boogers?

    They fascinate children almost everywhere, and during our lifetimes our noses will produce thousands of them from the gallons of mucus we pump out. But what causes boogers and just what are boogers?
    By Paul Arnold July 22, 2010 
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