Genomic Research

  • Saving Endangered Species with the Frozen Ark Project

    The Frozen Ark Project is a global initiative that will ultimately harness the power of genetics to prevent animals from becoming extinct. Gene banks have been created to collect, preserve, and stockpile the DNA of endangered animals.
    By Paul Arnold December 4, 2009 

  • Curious Gene Names

    Maybe it helps to while away the long lonely hours at the lab bench, but some geneticists have a penchant for giving their gene discoveries curious names. There are genes called Naked, Ken and Barbie, and Chianti, and the clues to their functions lie...
    By Paul Arnold December 4, 2009 

  • The First Genetically Engineered Pet

    After being developed during the late 1990s, the GloFish became the first publicly available genetically engineered pet in the United States. Although facing challenges from regulators and organizations, the fish has become a staple of the ornamental...
    By Jason C. Chavis December 3, 2009 


  • Important Geneticists You Might Not Have Heard About

    Whilst Crick, Watson and Mendel grabbed many of the headlines, there were dozens of other equally skilful and devoted scientists making major discoveries that have contributed to genetics and biotechnology. Here's our pick of some of the best.
    By Paul Arnold December 3, 2009 

  • Bringing Extinct Animals Back From the Dead

    Forget about Jurassic Park and dreams of bringing dinosaurs back to life. Unless you have a complete genome sequence (which is unlikely) these creatures will remain dead and buried. However, some extinct animals are in with a fighting chance of...
    By Paul Arnold December 3, 2009 

  • Are Political Views Genetically Influenced?

    Whether you're left, right or play it straight down the middle, is there a chance that your political views are hard-wired into your genes? One researcher thinks so, and he's got a whole pile of stats and figures to prove it.
    By Paul Arnold December 1, 2009 


  • Preservation of Threatened and Endangered Species: Three Ways Genetics Can Help

    Despite the best efforts of conservationists the endangered species list gets ever longer as some animal populations continue to decline at an alarming rate. This article explores how genetics can help to preserve species, and make extinction a thing...
    By Paul Arnold November 26, 2009 

  • Microbes and Human Skin

    It doesn't matter whether you have great skin, young skin, or clean skin; whatever shape your skin is in, it will be covered from head to foot with microbes. So why is human skin such a popular home for these tiny critters? And are our intimate...
    By Paul Arnold November 25, 2009 

  • Human Genetics and the Fruit Fly Drosophila Melanogaster

    Drosophila melanogaster, a name that trips off the tongue, is a fruit fly and a geneticist's best friend. For more than 100 years the flying insects have played a pivotal role in scientific research, particularly in genetics and developmental biology...
    By Paul Arnold November 25, 2009 

  • Premature Ejaculation: Could Genetics Solve the Problem?

    It's an embarrassing problem, and one that researchers believe affects all men at some point in their lives. Psychological and environmental factors contribute to it, but there is also evidence to suggest that it may be a genetic disorder.
    By Paul Arnold November 25, 2009 
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