"genetics" tag

Aussie lungfish has largest animal genome known to science

Scientists are teasing out the secrets that place the Australian lungfish near a critical moment of evolution. A team of researchers at the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) in Vienna has sequenced…

How the cheetah gets its spots

There may be a big difference in size, but cheetahs and tabby cats have things in common.

Nature’s spicy insect repellent

Mustard plants have developed a defense mechanism against insects.

This is how a heart becomes a heart

A “synchronised dance” of thousands of genes generates a healthy heart, but one faux pas may result in congenital heart defects.

The singing lab mouse

Genetics help mice express themselves in song.

Why do women live longer than men?

Aussie women have an average lifespan of 84 years, while the men have an average of 80. The reason why could lie in our genes.

Climate change and the modern polar bear

Polar bear evolution holds clues for past climate change events.

DNA differences start in the womb

Australian researchers demonstrate the importance of your environment before birth.

What happens when we get sunburnt?

Turns out this painful process is an immune response to radiation.

Genetics used in fight against malaria

Genetically modified mosquitoes are incapable of transferring the fatal disease.

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