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Blue eyes genetics

Where Do Blue Eyes Come From?

Humans have many phenotypic variations in eye color which is determined by multiple genes. So far, up to 16 genes have been associated with eye color inheritance. However, scientists from the Institute of Forensic Genetics at the University of Copenhagen discovered that the reason for blue eyes mainly lies in two genes: OCA2 and HERC2. This way they have shown that the earlier belief that blue eye color is a simple recessive trait is incorrect.

Nanotechnology Nanorobots

Miniature Robots to the Rescue!

A lot of research universities around the world are eager to find new diagnostic and therapeutic tools with the help of nanotechnology. We could say that the founding father of this scientific field was physicist Richard P. Feynman, who in 1959 first described a process in which scientists would be able to manipulate and control individual atoms and molecules.

blood stream cancer superweapon

Superweapon Against Cancer

Cancer is a group of diseases involving abnormal cell growth with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body. There are some forms of cancer which can be cured relatively well with known and established drugs and surgery. However, not all forms of cancer response to these approaches.

evolution bacteria

Evolution in Action

Scientists from Harvard Medical School and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have ingeniously visualized the Escherichia coli evolution through ever increasing amounts of antibiotics. Inspired by a Hollywood movie billboard, the team constructed the so called Microbial Evolution and Growth Arena i.e. MEGA plate to be able to monitor bacteria’s movement, survival and resistance.

Scientist sufing

From a Laid Back Surfer to a Cutting-Edge Scientist

Splice summer series brings you the interesting discussion with the most intriguing and provocative minds in modern science. If you ever run out of ideas for your scientific research or get stuck while thinking about your career, these short shots of inspiration can give you a new perspective on trends in science and the global community to which you as a scientist and a researcher belong.

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