The genetics channel at BrightHub.com explores the fascinating world of human genetics. Managing Editor, Leigh Zaykoskiand a team of scientific writers explore the diverse and continuously expanding world of genetic discovery. From articles on basic genetics such as How to Find a Gene, or the Genetics of Red Hair, to topics on the cutting edge of scientific discovery, such as the discovery of the Childhood Cancer Neuroblastoma Gene, you will discover informative in-depth coverage on a site devoted to Science, Technology, Health and Education.
Read about and debate the hot topics affecting our society today such as genetic engineering and the ethics of pet cloning, and whether or not homosexuality is genetic. Explore the growing field of gene therapy and revisit the top 10 moments in genetics history.
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The FDA has recently forced 23andMe to stop selling their DTC genetic testing product due to concerns about the accuracy and false marketing. Learn more about how 23andMe performs their tests and see if you can trust their accuracy.
Crick and Watson may well be the names that trip off the tongue when most people are asked to identify pioneering geneticists. But behind these two scientific giants is a crowd of equally brilliant researchers whose major contributions to the field have transformed our relationship with nature.
Ever since Dolly the sheep made headlines, cloning has been a hot button issue around the world. There is a lot of misinformation out there about what cloning is, what constitutes a clone and how clones are made. Can you separate the fact from fiction?
Venture deep inside the nucleus to explore the structure and function of DNA. The molecule’s structure is key to its function and replication, and it controls its own replication and transcription in a way that is both simple and highly complicated.
Proteins are one of the major building blocks of life, without which there would be no life as we know it. Want to brush up on your knowledge of proteins? These articles will give you an insight into how and where proteins are made, what they do, and how they are used in science and industry.
Shows about forensic crime-fighting with DNA are a big hit on TV, but they usually skimp on the details. If you’ve ever wondered just how DNA profiling works, and how it’s used in the justice system, this collection of articles is a great place to start.
We have a deep and long-term relationship with bacteria as our bodies, inside and out are swarming with these tiny microscopic cells. Some are friends others are foes. Which are the good guys and which types would do us harm? Find out in this guide to the relationships between bacteria and humans.
Those who think obesity is due to their genetic makeup relish any news that ‘fat genes’ have been found as they look to blame something else for their predicament rather than their own habits and behavior. They are wide of the mark. If you are obese it’s because you choose to be that way.
DNA fingerprinting is the cutting edge of criminal forensics and by cutting edge I mean sometimes it seems like you should be reading it in a science fiction novel instead of a police report. Take a stab at our DNA fingerprinting quiz and see if you have what it takes to be a real life CSI.
Our genetic code is not without a number of mutations. We are either born with them or acquire them during life. While most are benign others can cause disease and genetic disorders. This guide explores the genetic underpinnings of many medical disorders.
Although the exact causes of childhood autism have not been identified to date, there has been much emphasis on genetics as the most important factor in its causation. Other factors in addition to heredity, are now being linked more closely to this developmental disorder.
Just ten years removed from the sequencing of the entire human genome, we have entered a golden era of genetics. Indeed, genetic discoveries are being made at a furious pace in laboratories throughout the world. Read on to learn about common, important genetic research tools and how they are used.
Uterine cancer strikes nearly 50,000 women and causes nearly 8,000 deaths in the U.S. annually. This article focuses on the Lkb1 and FGFR2 genes, as it is known that a mutation in either one of these genes is a uterine cancer genetic factor.
Cuba is one of the world’s healthiest nations. Unfortunately, however, despite this overall good health, Cubans are not immune from suffering from genetic conditions. This article reviews prevalent genetic abnormalities in Cuban people and also highlights Cuba’s National Genetics Program.
Aarskog-Scott Syndrome is a relatively rare genetic disorder that affects more males than females and leads to multiple developmental defects. This article describes this disorder and its underlying genetic cause.
Osteogenesis imperfecta type III is a rare, but highly debilitating, genetic disorder that is marked by fairly severe bone defects. Read on to learn about this condition, what is known about its underlying genetic causes and what is being done to develop a method of treating it.
Dent’s disease is a rare kidney disorder that is genetically inherited and causes a number of problems in affected individuals, including increased incidence of kidney stones and sometimes even renal failure. This article provides a review of the gene mutations in Dent’s disease.