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5.2
65
1.6
23.4
5.2
65
1.6
23.4
The limits of bioinformatics

The limits of bioinformatics

One of the strengths of bioinformatics is to predict. In particular, computer programs are able to reveal the existence of a gene on a chromosome or a protein’s structure. But bioinformatics has its limits. Here is the story of ghrelin and obestatin, two proteins which play a key role in the regulation of our appetite.

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night vision

RHO: This gene is involved in night vision.

on length

CRBN: This gene codes for a protein which is involved in brain, blood vessel and limb development. This protein can bind to thalidomide, a drug which was prescribed to pregnant women in the late 1950s.

stop aids

CCR5: This gene codes for a receptor to cytokine. Certain versions of this gene are associated with resistance to AIDS virus infection.

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