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Evolution of marine mammals to water converges in some genes
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Evolution of marine mammals to water converges in some genes

By Ruth SoRelle, M.P.H. When marine mammals such as whales, dolphins, manatees and walruses moved from land to water, a series of physical abilities –– limbs adapted for swimming, less dense bones that make them more buoyant and a large store of oxygen relative to their body size – made it possible. Yet these animals … Continue reading

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BCM scientists find neurodegeneration precursor

By Ruth SoRelle, M.P.H. Changing lipid or fat metabolism in brain cells promotes the formation of lipid droplets that presage the loss of neurons, said researchers from Baylor College of Medicine and the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children’s Hospital in a report that appears online in the journal Cell. Neuroscience graduate … Continue reading

Effects of low birthweight span generations but are overcome with diet
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Effects of low birthweight span generations but are overcome with diet

By Ruth SoRelle, M.P.H. Rat pups born too small are likely to be obese in adulthood and at greater risk for metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance, which often precede diabetes and heart disease – all as a result of epigenetic changes that affect the architecture of the DNA (genetic code) and  chromatin (histone code). Those … Continue reading