Sunday, March 23, 2014

This week in biology/medicine (March 17-23, 2014)

Scientist find a new mechanism for how body clocks work - could be used in the future to alleviate the effects of chronic shift work and jet-lag.

The loblolly pine genome has been sequenced - that's a loblolly pine below, it's the largest genome sequenced to-date: over 7 times the size of the human genome! (Open Access)

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Can't remember where you put your keys?  Blame your genes.

Paternal age causes widespread alterations in gene expression, especially with those genes associated with inflammation, which is implicated with autism. (Open Access)

Effective leaf mimicry was achieved as early as the Early Cretaceous period.  Fossil of the earliest known stick insect discovered. (Open Access)

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