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27 genes in your body now have a new name because Microsoft Excel confused them for dates

Twenty-seven genes have got a new name over the past year to tackle a longstanding problem researchers faced while keying data into Excel, a powerful research tool.
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Kenya left with only one white giraffe after poachers kill mother and calf

White giraffes are animals that have leucism, a condition that causes loss of pigmentation.
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New insights into genes that drive cancer: A study of 2,700 samples

The results of the international project has enormous implications for diversifying the current suite of drugs available for gene-targeted cancer treatment.
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An ancient trick makes maths simpler & a wildlife friendship warms hearts

ScientiFix, our weekly feature, offers you a summary of the top global science stories of the week, with links to their sources.
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The scientific argument for marrying outside your caste

Community-based marriage systems remain prevalent in India despite rapid urbanisation and the proliferation of smaller families.
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Gene editing might alter our DNA, but at the cost of our humanity

Several things can go wrong with gene editing, but bioethicists worry more about the possibilities of modified genes being passed on to future generations.
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Genetic clustering: Economic inequalities seem now in line with regional differences

People are becoming increasingly clustered by certain types of genetics. Europe offers increasing evidence of this.
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In a first, CSIR scientists map genes of over 1,000 Indians across 55 ethnic groups

The genetic data bank of Indian population may help develop personalised treatments and reveal the cause of diseases that are still not understood.
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Most genetic studies use only white participants – and that affects public health

The effects of gene variants that are present only in the unstudied groups remain unknown, which means important clues about causes of diseases might be missed.

Economists should probably leave genetics to the geneticists as of now

To show conclusively that genes influence economic outcomes, economists would need to show a causal link between genes and economic performance.

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The victim's pyre burns amid heavy police presence in her village, Boolgarhi | Manisha Mondal | ThePrintIndia

Dear upper caste Indians, Hathras is not another Nirbhaya. It is a Khairlanji

From Kilvenmani massacre in 1968 to the Chunduru massacre in 1991 to the Khairlanji atrocity in 2006, Dalits have been vainly hoping to access legal justice in India.
An employee counts Indian rupee banknotes at a Walmart Inc. Best Price Modern Wholesale store in Hyderabad, India, on 16 March 2019 (Representational Image) | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

In ‘Diwali bonus’, govt waives interest-on-interest even for those who didn’t opt for moratorium

After its affidavit to SC, govt orders issues waiver norms including cashback by 5 November. All standard accounts up to 29 February eligible for benefits.


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Navy demonstrates combat readiness with video of missile destroying ship in Arabian Sea

The missile was fired by frontline corvette INS Prabal as part of a mega naval drill involving aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, attack helicopters, and aircraft.
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Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.