Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 14, 2001
The genetics behind hair loss
Scientists have discovered the function of the mammalian hairless gene, and have thereby provided a molecular basis for congenital hair loss disorders in humans.

Reproduction without fertilization?
As published in Genes & Development, scientists have discovered that the expression of one gene in a single gamete can initiate the cascade of events normally associated with fertilization.

Baboons can think abstractly, in the first study to show that a non-human, non-ape animal shares a central aspect of human intelligence
More non-human animals may be capable of abstract thought than previously known, with profound implications for the evolution of human intelligence and the stuff that separates homo sapiens from other animals. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to