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Scientists discover new virus with unrecognizable genes

Scientists have identified a virus whose genome seems to be almost entirely new to science, populated by unfamiliar genes that have never before been documented in viral research.

The world's oldest living transmissible cancer '11,000 years old'

Cambridge - The earliest written record of the disease we now call cancer dates to 1600 BC, with an Egyptian papyrus describing cancer of the breast. Hippocrates (ca. 460 BC – ca. 370 BC) first named the strange disease, using the Greek word "karkinos," or crab.

Snowflake, famous albino gorilla was inbred, DNA sequencing shows

Scientists say they have unraveled the mystery behind the cause of albinism in the famous gorilla Snowflake, the only known albino gorilla until he died 10 years ago. According to a team of scientists, Snowflake's white coloring was due to inbreeding.
 

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Figure 1. Phylogeny of Mammals Used in
Codon-Based Maximum Likelihood Comparison
of Selective Pres...
Figure 1. Phylogeny of Mammals Used in Codon-Based Maximum Likelihood Comparison of Selective Pressure Variation The number of candidate genes under positive selection on each lineage is indicated.
Keane et al., 2015, Cell Reports 10, 112–122

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