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.
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