List of chromosomes » Chromosome 17
Chromosome 17 Chromosome 17
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Bioinformatics for reading the past

Bioinformatics for reading the past

Since the 19th century, paleontologists have been ‘reading’ fossils to get a greater understanding of how species evolved. Biologists recently demonstrated that genes and proteins can be just as ‘readable’.

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big children

GH1: This gene codes for a hormone involved in child growth.

dry skin

ALOX12B/ALOXE3 : These genes are involved in keeping our skin hydrated.

epilepsy

HLF: This gene may be involved in epilepsy. The gene was discovered by the cleaning staff while vacuuming the animal care facilities at the University of Geneva!

taxi to happiness

SLC6A4: This gene codes for a protein which transports serotonin, also known as a ‘happy hormone’.

love at first smell

OR1D2: This gene codes for a sperm protein involved in producing an odour which plays an important role in fertilisation.

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