How Animal Research Saved Baby Lincoln’s Life

How Animal Research Saved Baby Lincoln’s Life

Seven-month-old Lincoln Seay was in bad shape. Lincoln had been waiting since November for a heart transplant and now he was going into cardiac arrest. A donor heart had been located and was on the way, but the little boy was deteriorating rapidly. Even with the best care, Lincoln’s life was hanging in the balance. […]

Octopus Genome Unlocked

Octopus Genome Unlocked

Is it octopuses or octopi? Well, technically, you can use either term. The cool name options aren’t the only amazing things about these animals, though, and in exciting news, researchers have finally sequenced the octopus’ large genome. Scientists also worked to understand gene expression in a dozen different types of tissue from these interesting creatures. […]

Mosquitoes: Why are YOU on their menu?

Mosquitoes: Why are YOU on their menu?

For whatever reason, mosquitoes LOVE me. I can be outside with a group of a dozen people, and I’m swatting mosquitoes left and right while everyone else gets one or two measly bites. WHY ME? Can you relate? Are you a mosquito magnet, too? Well, researchers may have figured out part of the reason- and […]

Ebola virus evolving: What does it mean for us?

Ebola virus evolving: What does it mean for us?

Since the 1970s, researchers have worked diligently to gather data from every Ebola outbreak. Recently, British researchers compiled this data and used computer progams to analyze the genetic changes in the virus. Their findings? The Ebola virus has evolved. Viruses change and evolve all the time, so it’s not surprising that the Ebola virus has […]

Evolution-Selective in Mental Illness Like Schizophrenia?

Treating Huntington’s Disease For the Next Generation

Genetic diseases are passed from parent to child; diseases like cancer, mental illness, Huntington’s disease and others. But what if there was a way to lessen the impact to your children? Researchers at The Scripps Research Institute are studying the possibility!! It’s all about epigenetics.   Epigenetics is studying the effect of how outside forces like […]