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Study shows coronavirus mutating — may become more contagious

Scientists in Houston on Wednesday released a study of more than 5,000 genetic sequences of the coronavirus that reveals the virus’s continual accumulation of mutations, one of which may have made it more contagious.

Rare two-headed shark discovered

Mutations often occur in nature all the effects are rarely as peculiar as a two-headed shark. The shark has been found by researchers from the University of Malaga in Spain.

What you need to know when volunteering for a genetic study

Would you volunteer for a genetic study? If so would you want to know if you had a rare disease? It seems that, for most people, the answer is "yes."

How many recessive lethal mutations do we carry?

Scientists report an estimate of the average number of recessive lethal mutations people carry. The figures are quite surprising.

How fast is Ebola mutating?

There is a on-going debate about how fast the Ebola viruses are mutating. A new study suggests that the virus may not be evolving as quickly as a previous research group has estimated.

Health care officials worry about Ebola virus becoming airborne

The World Health Organization predicted that the Ebola virus could end up infecting 20,000 people before it was brought under control. This assumes that international cooperation will be in place to intervene in stopping the outbreak on the disease.

Girls with autism have more mutations

Lausanne - New research shows that there are a greater number of genetic mutations among autistic girls, compared to boys. This finding suggests that the female brain can better handle such variations.

Can't quit smoking? Blame it on our Neanderthal ancestors

Homo sapiens and Neanderthals co-existed on earth for thousands of years. Then, about 30,000 years ago, the Neanderthals became extinct. Last year, a near-complete reconstruction of the Neanderthal genome was published, showing some interesting results.

Op-Ed: Pharmaceutical diets yield cellular dangers in the water supply

Why a photograph during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina speaks in its thousand words on the nature of pharmaceutical dependence and what that dependence means for freshwater supplies and for human health.

Bird Flu Reported In South Korea and Showing Troubling Mutations

The H5N1 virus known as Avian flu or the bird flu is undergoing what experts are calling a troubling pattern of mutations which are allowing the virus to spread from human to human.
 

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Ice mummy of the six-to-eight-month old wooly mammoth baby named Dima in situ near Kirgiljach River ...
Ice mummy of the six-to-eight-month old wooly mammoth baby named Dima in situ near Kirgiljach River in northeast Siberia. Dated to 37,000 B.C.
A.V. Lozhkin - US National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Neanderthal DNA  is found in regions of the genome affecting hair  skin and nails. This mutation was...
Neanderthal DNA is found in regions of the genome affecting hair, skin and nails. This mutation was needed for the survival of the species as we migrated toward the northerly regions of the world. The picture shows a group of Mountain Sami people in Lyngen, Troms in Norway.
T. Høegh
Mutations identified in mammoth genomes.
Mutations identified in mammoth genomes.
PLOS Nature

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