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A Coffee Renaissance Is Brewing, and It’s All Thanks to Genetics

Researchers at UC Davis recently released the genome of Coffee arabica, a plant that makes over >70% of worldwide coffee production. Its genome could help us understand disease resistance in various plants, what makes certain coffees taste way better than others, and open up the door to a cornucopia of new flavors.

Astronaut Twin Study Hints at Stress of Space Travel

What effect does living in outer space have on our bodies? NASA’s twin study set out to find exactly that. Preliminary results have shown changes of gene expression and DNA methylation between twins Mark and and Scott Kelly.  

Science Will Suffer Under Trump’s Travel Ban, Researchers Say

The recent executive order banning travel from immigrants and refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries has caused concern in the science community. Researchers worry that it could have heavy implications for science advancement as many scientists from these countries are no longer able to travel to the United States.

Oliver Smithies, Tinkerer Who Transformed Genetics and Won a Nobel, Dies at 91

Oliver Smithies, winner of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2007, passed away on January 10th, 2017. Smithies was best known for his work in genetics, specifically gene targeting in mice. His research provided the foundation for understanding the roles of genes in diseases such as cancer and cystic fibrosis.

 

Thanks Amelia for this roundup! 

Amelia Tahmassi is currently a second year student at the Joan H. Marks Graduate Program in Human Genetics at Sarah Lawrence College. She is interested on exploring the intersections between art and medicine. Amelia received her degree in Biology with a minor in Visual Arts from the University of Texas at Dallas.

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