Researchers seek to determine how variations in the DNA sequences in the human genome affect how cells’ function and, ultimately, how these variants influence human health and disease.
In the case of COVID-19, bats are an obvious first place to look.
Our ancestors’ environment and diets, and the limits of our biology, have led to adaptations that have improved human survival through natural selection. But we remain prone to illness and disease anyway.
B.1.617, or what has been called the “Indian double mutation”, had two mutations linked to increased transmissibility and an ability to evade the immune system.
Genetic vaccines, wearable tech and new ways to discover drugs.
The B.1.351 variant, initially identified in South Africa, has been detected in Washington State.
Kirsty Short, The University of Queensland Australia has recently seen SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) escape several times from hotel quarantine, including in Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne. These incidents have been particularly concerning because they involved people infected with…
Many genetic findings are ambiguous, leaving doctors uncertain about whether a particular variant is truly dangerous.
The mutations carried by the variant that first appeared in the U.K., known as B.1.1.7, make the virus more “fit.”
“This virus has been working out. It’s gotten faster and more fit. And we need to fight smarter and harder to beat it.”
The new virus is defined by an unusual number and combination of mutations. One of these increases binding of the virus to receptors in our cells.
Your nose, like it or not, is the part of your face most influenced by your genes.
The gene expression and chromatin accessibility atlases will accelerate the study of the genomics of normal and abnormal development.
Mapping the COVID-19 ‘family tree’
From UW Medicine A new technique makes it possible to track changes in gene activity across a cell’s entire genome over time in more detail than has been possible before, researchers in Seattle report. How comparing transcripts can be used…