Humans are the only animals that can make sentences – with words, and using grammar and syntax. And it is precisely for this reason that scientists have been looking for THE language, which is responsible for giving humans what other animals do not have, in other words speech.
IL6: acoding for a that is believed thought to play an important role in the disruption of the immune response, leading to a so-called ‘cytokine storm’, which worsens the condition of patients with COVID-19.
ACTB:coding for an actin, a involved in motility… but also in repair by promoting motility of damaged .
BRAF:involved in proliferation and associated with skin .
SLC26A4: Thisis associated with congenital deafness.
SERPINE1: Ainvolved in the dissolution of blood clots. Variations of this are found more frequently in centenarians…
OPN1SW: Thisis involved in recognising the colour blue. When it is defective, it is associated with ‘blue colour blindness’.
TAS2R4/TAS2R38: Thesecode for involved in the perception of bitter compounds.
LEP: Thisis involved in regulating our appetite.
CFTR: Thisis associated with cystic fibrosis.
SLC26A5: Thiscodes for the prestin which is involved in hearing. It is a fast-working , hence its name.
EPO: Thiscodes for EPO, a that stimulates the production of red and can thus increase an athlete’s performance.
ERVWE1: Thisis the remnants of a viral infection in our distant ancestors, and could have played a role in the emergence of the placenta in mammals. The corresponding is called Syncytin.
ZP3: Thiscodes for a found on the egg’s surface, which is recognised by the sperm.
AQP1: Thiscodes for a – aquaporin – that acts as a for ferrying water throughout our body.
CYCS: Thisencodes a cytochrome, a which is involved in producing energy in our .