The RNA code: Nature’s Rosetta Stone
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The RNA code: Nature’s Rosetta Stone

By C. Thomas Caskey, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine and Philip Leder, Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School. Marshall Nirenberg and Heinrich Matthaei initiated their biochemical approach to elucidating the genetic code in 1959, 6 years following the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA (1). At the time, … Continue reading

Researchers find maternal nutrition before pregnancy leaves permanent marks on child’s genome
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Researchers find maternal nutrition before pregnancy leaves permanent marks on child’s genome

Over 10 years ago a landmark mouse study showed that a mother’s diet before and during pregnancy can change her offspring’s coat color by affecting the establishment of ‘epigenetic’ marks on the genome. It has remained unknown, however, whether such effects also occur in humans. Now, by studying naturally-occurring seasonal differences in the diet and … Continue reading

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Thoughts on World Autism Awareness Day

This issue of “From the Labs” reprints my earlier posting from the Baylor blog, Momentum, about an increasingly shrill dialogue surrounding vaccines and autism.  While the scientific community has long since debunked any link between vaccines and autistic spectrum disorders, many parents still opt out of vaccinating their children.  The good news is that to … Continue reading