We already know that all living things, from humans to amoebas, reproduce using the same basic method: cell division. DNA, the genetic material inside our cells, has to be copied so that the new offspring cells have the same genetic … Continue reading How DNA Replication Works: A Simple Guide
In 2003, the Human Genome Project successfully mapped the entire sequence of genes in human DNA. Since then, DNA and genetic testing have been all over the news, and the science behind it can leave your head spinning if you’re … Continue reading Understanding DNA: The Layman’s Guide
With such easy-to-use DNA tests now readily available for the public, everyone is wishing to uncover their ancestral past. Particularly during the holiday season, sales of DNA kits that can reveal individuals’ ethnic background and genetic health risks are in … Continue reading What are the Risks of Doing DNA Testing such as 23andMe and Ancestry?
Do we Share our Parents’ Hair Genes? We Share our Parents’ Hair Genes! How true is it? An overview of hair genes We share chromosomes from each of our parents. So, is it any different when it comes to your … Continue reading Hair Genes Transferred from Mom or Dad: Is it true?
Remember when you were in elementary school and the teacher asked you to make a family tree? It probably consisted of your parents, grandparent, and siblings. Maybe, an uncle or aunt. Moreover, the format would have been one of those … Continue reading How to Make a Family Tree
Chromosomes the building blocks of you: Within the human body, there are trillions of microscopic cells that contain all of the stuff that allow our bodies to function. Inside of those cells there is a nucleus, which you can think … Continue reading How Many Chromosomes Do Humans Have?
Genes. They are a piece of the complicated puzzle that separate man from animal and from one another. Made up of the DNA that is inherited from one’s parents, our genes are roadmaps and instruction manuals. They tell our cellular … Continue reading How Many Genes Do Humans Have?
With the evolution of both science and technology, we live in a world where everything is digitalized, which can also include human DNA. As we witness … Continue reading The Role of DNA Data Storage in Health and Technology
The secret to gift-giving has always been the ability identify passions and hobbies. A painter likes paint, a writer likes books, and a scientist likes… science? Unless you’re a scientist yourself, you likely don’t know the tools of the trade. … Continue reading Gift Guide for the Modern Scientist
From Sheep to Primates: Could Humans be the Next Clones? Cloning ignites our nightmares and our dreams. It is identically ruthless soldiers, the return of a loved one, and bringing Einstein back to life. It is pure potential. The potential to build, but also to destroy. When the successful cloning of Dolly, an ewe that was the first mammal cloned from an adult somatic cell via somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT), failed to result in primate clones, people were both disappointed and relieved. Today, excitement is tempered with reluctance. Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua, the first primates to be cloned … Continue reading From Sheep to Primates. Could Humans be the Next Clones?