Dr. Joe Hin Tjio: The science of counting

We’re celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month by shining a spotlight on scientists whose work changed the world. These scientists share a common heritage that traces back to Asia or the Pacific Islands,...

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“Y” does dad’s DNA help us learn about ancestry?

Without a doubt, the Y chromosome is a popular topic in the genetics world. Not only does it play a role in biological sex determination, but it also gives us a unique window into the...

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What human evolution can teach us about Chewbacca

Solo: A Star Wars Story hit the big screen this week, and it promises to be a good time. As excited as we are to learn more about our favorite scruffy-looking nerf herder, we’re admittedly...

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Navigating summer BBQs with your DNA in mind

One of the many remarkable things about your genome is that it holds insights that are valuable throughout your day, each and every day. Now, with summer rapidly approaching and family gatherings and backyard barbecues...

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Dr. Susumu Ohno: Finding the beauty in DNA

We’re celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month by shining a spotlight on scientists whose work changed the world. These scientists share a common heritage that traces back to Asia or the Pacific Islands,...

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Summer: The season for sun and DNA repair

The season of graduations, backyard BBQs, and pool parties is upon us, which means a lot of people will be in the sun. Solar rays bathe us in the summer months—one of the big perks...

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The myth of the “red hair gene”

Sometimes, genetics seems pretty straightforward. What color is your hair? Brown? Red? Blonde? You must have inherited the brown, red, or blond hair gene, right? In reality, genetics is rarely simple—even when it comes to...

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