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Same gene can encode proteins with divergent functions

Research may help explain why humans have fewer genes than expected
Thu, 2016-02-11 12:07

By Cynthia Lee, McGill Newsroom

It’s not unusual for siblings to seem more dissimilar than similar: one becoming a florist, for example, another becoming a flutist, and another becoming a physicist.

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Common gene variant influences food choices

The same gene variant may lead girls to make healthy or unhealthy food choices- depending on their early socio-economic environment
Tue, 2016-02-09 15:17

By Katherine Gombay, McGill Newsroom

If you’re fat, can you blame it on your genes? The answer is a qualified yes. Maybe. Under certain circumstances. Researchers are moving towards a better understanding of some of the roots of obesity.

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How embryos scale vertebrae

Researchers take a step closer to decoding how cells coordinate embryonic growth
Fri, 2012-12-21 15:24

As embryos develop and grow, from a single-cell egg to a fully functional body, they must form organs that are in proportion to the overall size of the embryo. The exact mechanism underlying this fundamental characteristic, called scaling, is still unclear. But researchers from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany, and McGill University in Montreal are one step closer to understanding it.

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