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May 2, 2014------News ArchiveLatest research covered daily, archived weekly

Y genes — some are essential to male survival
Despite a well-documented history of dramatic genetic decay, the human Y chromosome has over the course of millions of years of evolution managed to preserve a small set of genes that not only ensured their own survival but the survival of men. The vast majority of these tenacious genes appear to have little if any role in sex determination or sperm production.

May 1, 2014------News ArchiveLatest research covered daily, archived weekly

Public perception affects newborn testing
Some of the issues around sequencing newborns' genomes include freedom of choice and the danger of over diagnosis.

April 30, 2014------News ArchiveLatest research covered daily, archived weekly

Down's extra chromosome disrupts genome balance
About one per eight hundred births is a Down syndrome - trisomy 21 - child. It is the most frequent genetic cause of intellectual disability and results from a third copy of chromosome 21 (1% of the human genome).

April 29, 2014------News ArchiveLatest research covered daily, archived weekly

After birth, proteins get the heart pumping
The days and weeks following birth are full of cellular changes that play a role in the structure and function of the heart. Using mouse models, researchers are now able to categorize which genes code proteins and determine their role in heart function.

April 28, 2014------News ArchiveLatest research covered daily, archived weekly

Tracking eye mobility problems
Being unable to lift the upper eyelid, or eyes that roll down into their eye sockets, both conditions may result from “Congenital fibrosis of the extraocular muscles type 1” (CFEOM1).

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