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For the Love of Milk – Why Humans Gained Lactase Persistence

Growing up, milk and butter were staples. In college, you consumed Kraft dinner and extra cheesy pizza in copious amounts. But now, eating plain yogurt leaves you bloated and uncomfortable, and the last time...

Familial Hypercholesterolemia – The Story of Genetics, ‘Bad’ Cholesterol and Heart Disease

Danny Jones was a professional rugby player. One day in the middle of a game, he died from sudden cardiac arrest, at the age of 29. Layton Cooper was a businessman. He wasn’t overweight,...

AVPR1A: The “Infidelity” Gene is no Longer Just for Men

When Jerry Springer announces, “he is NOT the father”, the camera spans to show a woman overcome with disbelief and fleeing backstage in tears. Paternity tests used to be something that only happened on...

Alpha Thalassemia is a Common Inherited Blood Disorder

When Phileas Fogg made his first trip around the world in 1873, it took him 80 days. In 2015, it only takes 27 hours to travel almost 11,000 km, to get from Narita all...

Beta Thalassemia – a Blood Disorder Linked to Malaria

Mosquirix, the first malaria vaccine in the world, was approved for use in Europe recently and marks a major milestone in the battle against malaria. Malaria is one of the most devastating infectious diseases...

FMR1, the Gene Responsible for Fragile X Syndrome

The first time that you hear your baby cry, thousands of emotions flood your brain but the wait is finally over and he’s finally here. You thank your lucky stars that he is healthy...

Preventing Jewish Genetic Diseases Through Carrier Testing

When Eden Gold was born, she was a perfect, healthy baby girl. By the time she was 9 months, Caroline, her mom, knew something was wrong with Eden. A visit to the neurologist revealed...

The Ups and Downs of Cystic Fibrosis – Living With a Life-Threatening Genetic Condition

“Woe is the child kissed on the brow who tastes salty, for he is cursed and soon must die.” A warning from the Middle Ages about “bewitched” or “hexed” children who tasted salty when...

Was the Controversial King Richard III a Legitimate King?

Richard III was the King of England from July 6, 1483 until his death in 1485 at 32 years of age. King Richard III became king under controversial circumstances after the death of his...

Discovering the Long-Lost Romanovs

The Romanov family was the last imperial family of Russia. Tsar Nicholas II was the eldest son of Emperor Alexander III and Maria Feodorovna of Denmark. He married Princess Alix of Hess and by...

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