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Tag Archives: Genetics
It was already known that genes inherited from ancient retroviruses are essential to the formation of the placenta in mammals. Now it appears that genes with retrovirus origins may also be responsible for the more developed muscle mass seen in … Continue reading
For millennia, pathogens and human hosts have engaged in a perpetual struggle for supremacy. From the earliest recorded smallpox epidemics around 1350 B.C.E to the Black Death due to Yersinia pestis in the Middle Ages and continuing to modern times … Continue reading
By genetically engineering pigs to degrade a crucial virus protein, animals can be made less susceptible to foot and mouth disease virus. Continue reading
Microbial Genomics is a new fully open access, online-only journal from the Society for General Microbiology. Increasingly I try only to link to open access journals from MicrobiologyBytes, but I don’t write much about microbial genomics – why is that? … Continue reading
Polintons were the first group of eukaryotic double-stranded DNA viruses to evolve from bacteriophages and gave rise to most large DNA viruses and various other selfish genetic elements. Continue reading
CRISPR-Cas systems have taken microbiology by storm in the last few years. Continue reading
The repertoire of genetic changes in Burkholderia pseudomallei during chronic human infection. Continue reading
Rapid advances in genomics lead not only to the rapid growth of sequence databases but to discovery of fundamentally novel types of genetic elements. Continue reading