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Merely 8.2% of DNA `functional` in human beings

Last Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014, 12:04

A new study claims that only 8.2 percent of our DNA actually does some significant work.

Black skin evolved in humans to dodge skin cancer: Study

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 19:53

Early humans may have evolved black skin to protect against a very high risk of dying from ultraviolet light (UV)-induced skin cancer.

Evolutionary tree of flu viruses can help assess health risks

Last Updated: Monday, February 17, 2014, 19:24

A new study that reconstructs the evolutionary tree of flu viruses may have implications ranging from the assessment of health risks for populations to developing vaccines.

`People need to get less emotional about antibiotics`

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 05, 2013, 16:04

People need to talk about excessive use of antibiotics without getting emotional or mixing politics into the discussion, Ada Yonath, who won the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, said.

Antibody evolution could provide blueprint for effective HIV vaccination

Last Updated: Friday, April 05, 2013, 13:15

Observing the evolution of a particular type of antibody in an infected HIV-1 patient has provided insights that will enable vaccination strategies that mimic the actual antibody development within the body.

Mechanism that generates our fingers and toes revealed

Last Updated: Saturday, December 15, 2012, 17:53

In a new study, researchers have identified the mechanism responsible for generating our fingers and toes, and revealed the importance of gene regulation in the transition of fins to limbs during evolution.

Learning to cook led to evolution of human brain

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 21:15

Learning to cook may have helped the human brain to grow, leading to the development of tools, culture and civilisation, scientists claim.

Mosquito genetics `may offer clues to malaria control`

Last Updated: Sunday, October 07, 2012, 12:30

Researchers have revealed that an African mosquito species with a deadly capacity to transmit malaria has a perplexing evolutionary history.

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