DNA

Fake Science News: Canaanite DNA Disproves Bible

Scientists writing in the American Journal of Human Genetics, doi: 10.1016/j.ajhg.2017.06.013 August 3, 2017 claim: “Uncertainties also surround the fate of the Canaanites: the Bible reports the destruction of the Canaanite cities and the annihilation of its people; if true, the Canaanites could not have directly contributed genetically to present-day populations”.  This claim is reiterated […]

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White Tiger Gene

White tiger gene found, according to reports in ScienceNOW, BBC News, ScienceDaily and Current Biology doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2013.04.054 23 May 2013. White Bengal tigers have white fur with black stripes, rather than the normal orange fur with black stripes. Although they have been found in the wild in the past, they now only seem to exist […]

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We’ve All Lost 20 Genes

We’ve all lost 20 genes, according to reports in ScienceNOW and Science, vol. 335 pp. 823-828 17 February 2012 DOI: 10.1126/science.1215040. As more human genomes are studied, scientists are finding many differences between individuals. Some of these may be just harmless variations, but others may cause genes to become non-functional. As genome technology improves scientists […]

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Unsweetened Cats

Unsweetened cats, as described in PLoS July 2005, ScienceNOW 25 July 2005 and BBC News 1 August 2005. Cat owners have known for a long time that cats are not attracted to sweet food. Now the reason for this has been found by a group of scientists at the Monell Chemical Senses Centre, Philadelphia, USA, […]

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Spying with DNA

Spying with DNA is now possible. American scientists have recently developed a way to use, the genetic code (DNA) as a spy code to transfer information secretly. How does it work? Since there are only four chemical letters in the DNA code, A (adenine), T(Thymine), G (guanine) and C (cytosine), and 26 letters in English […]

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Single Origin for Rice

Single origin for rice, according to articles in ScienceDaily 2 May 2010 and BBC News 3 May 2010. Although there are thousands of varieties of the Asian rice plant Oryza sativa, they are grouped into two subspecies: indica and japonica. Scientists had believed these were domesticated separately from wild rice plants in India and China, […]

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Short Dog Leg Gene

Short dog leg gene found, according to articles in National Institutes of Health News 16 July 2009 and ScienceDaily 17 July 2009 and Science, vol. 325, p995, 21 August 2009 (originally published in Science Express on 16 July 2009). An international team of scientists have found the gene that gives dog breeds such as dachshund, […]

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Sharky Genes

Sharky genes reported in ABC News in Science 30 May 2007. Researchers at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Singapore, have studied gene sequence sin the elephant sharks, bony fish, chickens, mice, dogs and humans. They found 154 genes in humans that could be matched to genes in sharks, mice and dogs. The researchers […]

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Sea Urchin Surprise

Sea urchin surprise reported in news@nature, and Biology News Net 9 November 2006 and Science, vol. 314, p398, 10 Nov 2006. Scientists have decoded the genome of the California purple sea urchin and have identified 23,300 genes made from 814 million DNA code letters. The scientists were surprised to find 7,077 of the sea urchin […]

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RNA Editing Makes Us Human

RNA editing makes us human, suggests a report in New Scientist, 29 January 2005, p13. RNA editing is a process that changes genetic information after it has been copied onto a molecule called messenger RNA, which carries the information to the protein making machinery in the cell. One editing process changes adenosine molecules to inosine. […]

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