SLC45A2/MATP & The Genetics Of Human Hair Color

Earlier this year, I wrote a massive summary on the genetics of pigmentation for one of my graduate courses. I wasn't particularly keen on the topic before but it has since grown on me and I'm now a big fan. So to read from Yann, Dienekes, and Razib that one of the key pigmentation genes,... Continue Reading →

Why Can’t Humans Produce Neu5Gc?

Ajit Varki from University of California, San Diego believes to have found out what it means to be human. He's been investigating a molecule called Neu5Gc, a variant of sialic acid, and his progress has been summarized in this news article. Neu5Gc functions as a marker or tag which identifies cells and helps them stick... Continue Reading →

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