Genomic Research

Read articles and startling information on genomic research and the study of genes.

The Cancer Genome Atlas Project: Taking the Fight to Cancer

The Cancer Genome Atlas Project is a grand undertaking designed to not only understand cancer, but develop methods to effectively treat it. Funded by the NIH and NHGRI, the Cancer Genome Atlas Project is a massive collaboration of scientists from across the country.

Genetic Diversity of Endangered Species – The Cheetah

Cheetahs are endangered animals and found in small numbers in the wild. They show an astonishing lack of genetic diversity, with different animals having almost identical sets of genes. Many researchers feel that this is the reason behind their dwindling numbers.

Chytrid Fungus in Frogs: How Does Chytrid Fungus Kill Frogs

Chytrid is a fungus that has been decimating frog populations around the world and has driven a few species to extinction. Amphibians in captivity can be cured with antifungal chemicals, but there isn’t any help for animals in the wild. So scientists are trying to work out how the fungus operates.

Leptin Resistance and the Danger of High Fructose Corn Syrup

Science is beginning to discover that high fructose corn syrup may have negative effects on the human protein leptin. Too much HFCS can lead to a condition known as leptin resistance, which prevents the human brain from properly controlling hunger. Leptin resistance is associated with weight gain.