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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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!

on skin, hair and nails

KRT31: This gene codes for keratin, the major component of skin, hair and nails.

an inbuilt timekeeper

PER1: This gene is involved in our daily biological rhythms.

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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