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Jul 28, 2017------News ArchiveLatest research covered daily, archived weekly

How to make chicken feathers
It appears skin tension sets up the conditions for activating genes to produce follicles and feathers. The rubber-like elasticity of skin which makes it contract to its original shape after stretching, is key to forming hair or sweat glands during development, or can turn follicles into feathers based on the tension of the skin.

Jul 27, 2017------News ArchiveLatest research covered daily, archived weekly

Epigenetics affects generations
We are more than the sum of our genes. Epigenetic mechanisms, modifications made by environmental cues from our diet, the affects of disease, and a multitude of lifestyle choices, play a major role in prompting DNA to switch genes on and off in us and our children.

Jul 26, 2017------News ArchiveLatest research covered daily, archived weekly

Care of grandkids may have driven evolution of menopause
Instead of having more children, a grandmother may pass on her genes more successfully by helping her existing children and grandchildren. Such an advantage could have driven the evolution of menopause in humans.

Jul 25, 2017------News ArchiveLatest research covered daily, archived weekly

Sex cells evolved to pass on quality mitochondria
According to new research, mammals immortalize their genes through eggs and sperm in order to ensure that future generations inherit the best mitochondria to power new cells.

Jul 24, 2017------News ArchiveLatest research covered daily, archived weekly

A vaccine that could prevent Type 1 Diabetes
A research group at the University of Tampere in Helsinki, Sweden, has long pioneered the development of a vaccine to prevent Type 1 Diabetes. They have now identified the enteroviruses belonging to a group B coxsackieviruses that are related to diabetes, and a prototype vaccine has been developed to prevent these viruses from initiating diabetes in pancreas cells.

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