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Ancient Egyptian mummies give up the last of their secrets

Our group together with an international team of scientists successfully recovered and analyzed ancient DNA from Egyptian mummies dating from approximately 1400 BC to 400 AD, establishing ancient Egyptian mummies as a reliable source for genetic material to study the ancient past. The study, published... click to read more

  • Johannes Krause | Professor at Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Kahlaische Straße 10 07745, Jena, Germany
Views 680
Reading time 3.5 min
published on May 15, 2018
Lego blocks for precise gene editing

DNA is the core-element of life as we know it. It can be imagined as a long helical double strand composed of sequences of information written with four chemical "letters" called nucleotides. Determinate sequences of letters delineate stretches of DNA called genes, which in turn... click to read more

  • Jared Carlson-Stevermer | PhD student at Department of Biomedical Engineering, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI, USA
Views 875
Reading time 4 min
published on Feb 6, 2018
A novel treatment for inherited blinding eye diseases

The cornea is the window at the front of the eye through which light passes allowing us to see clearly. Corneal dystrophies, which cause a loss of this essential transparency, are a group of inherited blinding eye diseases for which there is no cure. They... click to read more

  • Tara Moore | Professor at School of Biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Sciences Research Institute, Ulster University, UK
Views 844
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Feb 1, 2018
Survival of the friendliest

More than forty million Americans cherish their tail-wagging, face-licking, ball-fetching best friends. But not many people would welcome a wolf into their home. What makes dogs so uniquely friendly? Scientists have studied the unique relationship between humans and domestic dogs for decades, but the role... click to read more

  • Bridgett vonHoldt | Assistant Professor at Princeton University, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, 106A Guyot Hall, Princeton, USA
  • Emily Shuldiner | Undergraduate student at Princeton University, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, 106A Guyot Hall, Princeton, USA
  • Monique Udell | Assistant Professor at Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences, Oregon State University, OR 97331, USA
Views 1213
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Dec 13, 2017
Fancy footwork: Darwin’s pigeons and the evolution of foot feathers

Ever since Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species, people have been fascinated with understanding the mechanisms of how species could change over time. Like sitting down with relatives around the dinner table during the holidays, it is sometimes hard for us to look... click to read more

  • Eric Domyan | Assistant Professor at Utah Valley University, 800 W. University Parkway, Orem
Views 830
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jan 20, 2017