Science and Socioeconomics: Humans to Hyenas

Science and Socioeconomics: Humans to Hyenas

We recognize that making the choice to smoke a cigarette can damage your lungs and too much  alcohol can damage your liver, but what if something as passive as your social status could affect the most fundamental building blocks of your biology? 

Find out how social and economic ranking affects the very building blocks of our being and how this biology connects us to hyenas. It's not all a laughing matter...

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Three billion puzzle pieces: insights into the Human Genome Project

Three billion puzzle pieces: insights into the Human Genome Project

After 16 years and nearly $3 billion, the Human Genome Project was officially completed in 2004. This challenging task of sequencing and assembling a human genome was achieved through the collaboration of 20 international institutions and more than 200 scientists. However, today a single laboratory can sequence a human genome in only a few months at a fraction of the cost. This is made possible by next-generation sequencing technologies, and among these, Illumina is king!

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How to Travel Through Time With DNA

How to Travel Through Time With DNA

An organism's genome is much more than a blueprint for its development. All along the double helix lie remnants of its ancestors, the half-buried and weather-scarred bricks of the evolutionary road its lineage traveled. In this post, learn how genes from modern fungi were used to determine the origin of the white rot group, which was responsible for solving an ancient environmental crisis.

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