Genes that make us human, make us ill

Genes that make us human, make us ill

The specific regions of human genome known as human accelerated regions (HARs) contain genes that shape complex social and cognitive behaviours, setting humans apart from chimpanzees, their closest kin, during evolution. However, little is known about the potential effects of genetic mutations that accumulate in those genome regions. The HARs have been found to containRead more about Genes that make us human, make us ill[…]

Did humans acquire common cold virus from camels?

Did humans acquire common cold virus from camels?

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) are coronaviruses that can infect and kill humans. A new study sheds light on their origins and ecological history, which thus far have been largely unknown. By sequencing and comparing the genes of coronaviruses in dromedary camels, bats and humans, an international research teamRead more about Did humans acquire common cold virus from camels?[…]