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Tag Archives: Genome sequencing

Genome and satellite technology reveal recovery rates and impacts of climate change on southern right whales

University of Auckland tohorā research team, Department of Conservation permit DJI Emma Carroll After close to a decade of globe-spanning effort, the genome of the southern right whale has been released this week, giving us deeper insights into the histories and recovery of whale populations across the southern hemisphere. Up to 150,000 southern right whales were killed between 1790 and …

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Coronavirus mutations: what we’ve learned so far

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ImageFlow/Shutterstock Lucy van Dorp, UCL In early January, the first genome sequence of Sars-CoV-2 – the virus that causes COVID-19 – was released under the moniker “Wuhan-1”. This string of 30,000 letters (the A, T, C and Gs of the genetic code) marked day one in the race to understand the genetics of this newly discovered coronavirus. Now, a further …

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How flu changes within the human body may hint at future global trends

What can a single person’s flu infection tell you about how the virus changes around the world? Xue and Bloom, CC BY-SA

What can a single person’s flu infection tell you about how the virus changes around the world? Xue and Bloom, CC BY-SA Katherine Xue, University of Washington and Jesse Bloom, University of Washington Evolution is usually very slow, a process of change that takes thousands or millions of years to see. But for influenza, evolution is fast – and deadly. …

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