Biology Genetics and Heredity 

Most of the Human Genome Isn’t Being Actively Studied

There are thousands of genes in the human genome. Why are some genes are studied over and over again, while others are neglected? By Katherine Lindemann Career incentives drive researchers away from understudied genes that could be important to human health. There are around 20,000 human protein-coding genes, but recent studies have suggested scientists actively study only about 2,000 of them. New research investigates why some genes are studied over and over again, while others are neglected. Its authors found that a genes’ medical significance—how likely it is they play a role…

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Biology Science Videos 

Is Height All In Our Genes?

Dr. Joe Hanson is tall. Most of the people in his family are tall. Does that mean his son will be tall? Turns out the inheritance of height is a lot more complicated than we thought. Scientists know that nature (genes) and nurture (environment) both play a role, but after more than a century of questions, we’re only just now starting to get some answers. [tweetthis]Is height a genetic trait, like eye color? Find out on this episode of @okaytobesmart.[/tweetthis] In this episode of It’s Okay to Be Smart, learn…

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