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Genetics agrees: Africa is thriving in diversity

Since the Human Genome Project published the first sequence of the human DNA code in 2001, the field of human genetics has dramatically expanded. New studies have identified specific changes in the DNA code (or genetic variants) that are linked to why some people are... click to read more

  • Neil Hanchard | Associate Professor at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA
  • Ananyo Choudhury | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Zane Lombard | Senior Scientist at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Views 1630
Reading time 3 min
published on Apr 27, 2022
Equalizing strength among sexes: generalized intersexuality in female moles

Female moles develop as intersexual individuals, a rather exceptional feature among mammals. But why did evolution shape the female mole body into an intersex one? Most likely, this is related to the rough environmental conditions where moles live. Moles spend their entire lives digging tunnels, fighting... click to read more

  • Francisca M. Real | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at RG Development & Disease, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics; Institute for Medical and Human Genetics, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany
  • Stefan Mundlos | Professor at RG Development & Disease, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics; Institute for Medical and Human Genetics, Berlin-Brandenburg Center for Regenerative Therapies (BCRT), Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany
  • Darío G. Lupiáñez | Research Group Leader at Max‐Delbrück‐Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC), Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology (BIMSB), Berlin, Germany
Views 2438
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Oct 4, 2021
Extending the genomic record of human diversity

The genetic material of any two humans is 99.9% identical, but the small differences that do exist between our genomes provide a record of the complex evolutionary history we have undergone as a species. Over the past decade, scientists have sequenced a large number of... click to read more

  • Anders Bergström | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Wellcome Sanger Institute, Cambridge, UK; The Francis Crick Institute, London, UK
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Reading time 4 min
published on Mar 25, 2021
What genetics teaches us about living a long and healthy life

Why do some people live a long and healthy life, while others suffer from age-related diseases? We know that this difference is usually explained by chance or environmental factors, such as diet and living conditions. But that's not all! We should also consider another important... click to read more

  • Paul R. H. J. Timmers | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at MRC Human Genetics Unit, MRC Institute for Genetics and Cancer, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  • Peter K. Joshi | Principal Investigator at Centre for Global Health Research, Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  • Joris Deelen | Research Group Leader at Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Cologne, Germany
Views 2593
Reading time 4 min
published on Mar 16, 2021
Reading South American history in the native Brazilian genomes

The distribution of the present-day native Brazilian peoples considerably differs from the one found by Portuguese explorers in the 15th century. At the time, a third of the Brazilian native population (about 900,000) lived on the Atlantic coast and were part of complex societies. Most... click to read more

  • Marcos A. Castro-Silva | PhD Student at Departamento de Genética e Biologia Evolutiva, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Tábita Hünemeier | Assistant Professor at Departamento de Genética e Biologia Evolutiva, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Views 2448
Reading time 3 min
published on Feb 12, 2021