Duplicate copies of a gene shared by male and female fruit flies have evolved to resolve competing demands between the sexes. New genetic analysis by researchers at the University of Chicago describes how these copies have evolved separate male- and female-specific functions that are crucial to reproduction and fertility.
For the first time, DNA contributed by Sub-Saharan African women has been thoroughly evaluated with innovative genomics technology in an effort to understand the genetic bases for breast cancer in African populations.
An estimated 17 percent of humans worldwide die from cancer, but less than five percent of captive elephants—who also live for about 70 years, and have about 100 times as many potentially cancerous cells as humans—die from the disease.
Joining the ranks of more than 60 institutions and graduate programmes across the United States, the Biological Sciences Division has cut a standard test from its graduate admissions requirements. The decision aims to boost the likelihood of admission for minority and female applicants by levelling the playing field.
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Lindsey Montefiori, et al., A promoter interaction map for cardioascular disease genetics eLife, July 10, 2018
Thousands of short RNA molecules with diverse genetic sequences serve as security guards to identify and silence attempts to invade the genome, such as DNA inserted by viruses or parasitic elements known as transposons.
Lauren E. Blake, PhD candidate in Human Genetics (funded by the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship), Department of Human Genetics, University of Chicago featured in Women of STEM - A profile series highlighting women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
Carole Ober has been named the Blum-Riese Distinguished Service Professor in Human Genetics and the College. Seventeen faculty members received named professorships or were appointed distinguished service professors.