Human evolution wasn’t just about the musical note, but how it was played

Duke team researchers She identified a set of human DNA sequences driving changes in brain development, digestion and immunity that appear to have evolved rapidly after our family line split from the chimpanzee lineage, but before splitting with Neanderthals. Our brains are larger, and our guts are shorter than that of our ape peers. said … Read more

Stanford University researchers have devised a new technique to control protein production

Thanks to new RNA vaccines, we humans have been able to protect ourselves incredibly quickly from new viruses like SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. These vaccines insert a piece of ephemeral genetic material into the body’s cells, which then read its code and produce a specific protein — in this case, telltale “spikes” that … Read more

Duke researchers identify hidden chlamydial cloaking device

Chlamydia, the main cause of bacterial sexually transmitted infections, evades detection and eradication within human cells using a masking device. But researchers at Duke University have recognized the fringe of the invisibility cloak and now hope they can unravel it. To enter the cell and reproduce peacefully, many pathogenic bacteria, including chlamydia, cover themselves with … Read more