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Content: Volume 5, Issue 3

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The happiness chemical that sits on top of our DNA

Sometimes referred to as the happiness chemical, serotonin has a huge role to play in the proper functioning of our bodies. Any imbalance in serotonin levels can lead to all sorts of issues, ranging from intestinal problems to mood changes and depression. In the brain,... click to read more

  • Reinier Prosee | PhD student at Department of Molecular Biology, Section of Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Geneva, Switzerland
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jul 15, 2019
Genetic determinants of thinness and obesity: cards of the same deck

Obesity is a major public health concern worldwide, with high prevalence paralleling an increasingly "obesogenic" environment that promotes a sedentary lifestyle and poor-quality food choices. However, even within this environment, some people are able to maintain a healthy body mass index (BMI, defined as weight... click to read more

  • Fernando Riveros-Mckay | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Wellcome Sanger Institute, Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Inês Barroso | Director of Research at MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jul 12, 2019
A timeline for the Denisovans, an enigmatic group of archaic humans

One of the most intriguing revelations in human evolution of the past decade was the announcement in 2010 of the genome of a completely unknown archaic human (hominin), obtained from a girl's fingerbone found buried in Denisova Cave - a three-chambered cavern nestled in the... click to read more

  • Zenobia Jacobs | Professor at Centre for Archaeological Science, School of Earth, Atmospheric and Life Sciences and Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage, University of Wollongong, Australia
  • Richard "Bert" Roberts | Professor at Centre for Archaeological Science, School of Earth, Atmospheric and Life Sciences and Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage, University of Wollongong, Australia
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jul 10, 2019
Overturning the hypothesis for how humans evolved language

Few traits are as uniquely human as complex spoken language. Language, therefore, has interested evolutionary biologists and neuroscientists seeking to understand what makes us, and in particular our brains, distinct from other animals. The first major genetic break in deciphering the underlying biological architecture of... click to read more

  • Elizabeth Atkinson | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital and Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, USA
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Reading time 4 min
published on Jul 8, 2019
High extinction risk for wild coffee species and implications for coffee sector sustainability

It has been estimated that coffee farming provides livelihoods for around 100 million people worldwide, most of which are smallholder farmers. For many coffee producing countries, coffee exports make up a significant and critically important proportion of their export earnings. Despite the number of producers... click to read more

  • Aaron P. Davis | Senior Research Leader at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, UK
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Reading time 4 min
published on Jul 5, 2019