Saturday, 2 July, 2022

Topic: genetics

Genes that make you taller could protect from heart disease, study by US govt agency finds

Conducted by a team from the US Department of Veteran Affairs’ Million Veteran Program, the study was published in the journal PLOS Genetics last week.

‘Youngest Leonardo da Vinci descendant’ born in 2020, study to decode his genius finds 13 others

Bike enthusiast, porcelain retailer & glass-maker — these are some of the living descendants the Leonardo Da Vinci DNA Project has identified in its research that covers 690 years.

Mysteriously deleted Wuhan Covid gene sequences found, US confirms removal from database

About a year ago, genetic sequences from over 200 virus samples from Wuhan’s early Covid cases disappeared from online US database where these were posed on request of Chinese researchers.

Not bothered by the cold? The trick could be in your genes

We looked at 42 men aged 18 to 40 years from Kaunas in southern Lithuania and exposed them to cold water for a maximum of 120 minutes.

What are Covid mutations in India? Are they more infectious? Gene sequencing has the answers

Indian scientists have analysed 4,000 samples of SARS-CoV-2 since the pandemic began, and now understand where the disease is coming from and where it’s going.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

On Camera


Kanhaiya Lal Teli’s body being taken for last rites in Udaipur on 29 June 2022 | Photo: ThePrint | Manisha Mondal

India’s blasphemy beheadings have a new audience—and they’re sitting behind smartphones

Videos on social media have become a key feature of blasphemy killings. Each inspires communal competitors to stage a more macabre act of revenge.
The Reserve Bank of India logo | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

RBI intervenes with multi-pronged strategy in battle against rupee fall

The Reserve Bank’s challenges include crashes in forward dollar premiums to rising open interest in futures that adds to pressure on the currency.


The Autonomous Flying Wing Technology Demonstrator | Photo: DRDO

‘Major milestone’: India conducts maiden flight of unmanned aircraft demonstrator

DRDO calls flight a significant step towards self-reliance in defence technologies; Defence Minister Rajnath Singh lauds achievement, says ‘it paves way for Aatmanirbhar Bharat in critical military systems’.

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.