Genetics

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A visionary, a genius, and the human genome

In 2000, two dogged researchers defied the odds to become the first in the world to assemble the DNA sequence of the human genome.
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Scientists devise molecular 'lock and key' to control GMOs

Bioengineers 'put ignition switch onto a handful of the bacteria’s essential genes' to prevent their accidental escape.
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Cause found for black-and-white vision disorder

Gene mutation strips color from sight and causes near-blinding sensitivity to bright light.
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Berkeley's Jennifer Doudna among Time magazine’s 100 most influential people

Doudna has received numerous honors and awards for her discovery of a revolutionary DNA-editing technique that has upended the world of genetics.
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Scientists call for caution in using DNA-editing technology

Its ease and effectiveness may prompt physicians to use the technology before its safety can be assessed.
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When birds lost their teeth

About 116 million years ago, birds lost their choppers — joining other toothless creatures such as turtles and some mammals.
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Traffic jams can hurt the heart

Clogged interstates aggravate clogged arteries, according to research by a UC Irvine graduate student.

3 UC scholars win Breakthrough Prizes

UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab's Jennifer Doudna and Saul Perlmutter, and UCLA mathematician Terence Tao share $3 million awards.
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Friends are the family you choose

You and your friends have a lot in common — including genes, according to a genome-wide analysis.
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Extinct human cousin gave Tibetans advantage at high elevation

Common ancestors of Han Chinese and Tibetans interbred with a mysterious human-like group and picked up a unique gene variant that later helped them adapt to a low-oxygen environment.

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