Colonizing Mars is hard—and genetics is one reason why

Imagine for a moment that 20 people were sent from earth to establish a human colony on Mars. From these people, a new society would have to be formed. But what kind of society would...

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Celebrating National Milk Day? Thank your genes!

Happy National Milk Day! (Yes, really!) In honor of this udderly fantastic occasion, we wanted to explore the surprisingly close relationship that developed between dairy and human genetics. You’ve probably heard of natural selection, the...

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Fights, flights, and genes: How human survival and athleticism may be connected

Have you ever had a nightmare that made you shoot right out of bed? If so, this might sound familiar: You can tell your eyes are dilating to accommodate the darkness as they search the...

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What are mitochondria, and why are they so important to ancestry?

If you had biology in grade school, you probably learned about the mighty mitochondria—those microscopic, bean-shaped parts of a cell that are responsible for generating energy. But mitochondria have other lesser-known qualities which make them...

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Can’t get enough sugar? Your sweet tooth could be partly genetic

It’s not time for lunch or dinner… nonetheless, here you are, standing in front of the fridge. You open the door, but it’s not veggies you’re looking for. Right now, it’s your “sweet tooth” that’s...

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What’s new in the Helix Store: December 2017

The holidays might be cooling down for the year, but things are just heating up in the Helix Store! With 2018 (and New Year’s resolutions) just around the corner, here are some new exciting new...

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What we’re reading this month: December 2017

In between meetings, events, science workshops, and getting work done in the lab, Helix employees love finding a few minutes here and there to read. (A, C, G, and T might be our four favorite...

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