Danny DeVito's short stature, 4 ft 10 in, is the result of Fairbank's disease, a rare genetic disorder that affects bone growth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
In 1990, Dr. Mary-Claire King discovered the human gene BRCA1 which is linked to breast cancer. Soon after, Myriad Genetics cloned and patented it. She was sent a cease-and-desist letter to stop researching it. Finally in 2013, the US Supreme Court ruled that human genes cannot be patented. hopkinsmedicine.org/resea…
Shortly after the death of Harambe the gorilla, his sperm was extracted from his corpse in order to preserve genetic diversity and prevent his bloodline from dying out people.com/pets/harambe-l…
Today I learned of Stoneman's disease, an extremely rare genetic condition where the body replaces damaged tissue with bone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fib…
Woodie Guthrie suffered from Huntington’s, a degenerative genetic disease. Though he lived to 55, both of his daughters died at 41. pbs.org/newshour/health/t…
Today I learned of Grady β€œLobster Boy” Stiles, a carnival performer born with a genetic condition that fused his hands & feet into claws. He murdered his son-in-law-to-be on the night before his wedding; he got house arrest because no prison could accommodate him. He was shot and killed for abusing his wife. wikipedia.org/wiki/Grady_…
Dogs can understand upto a 1000 human words. They can differentiate between nouns. and verbs. More importantly Dogs also feel emotions love, jealousy etc which was previously thought to be only present in primates. They can even read people better than chimps one of our closest genetic neighbour vox.com/2015/4/7/8360143/…
A genetic mutation in lionesses can lead to them growing a mane, giving their pride a higher status over other prides blog.nationalgeographic.o…
Today I learned of Adermatoglyphia: The Genetic Disorder Of People Born Without Fingerprints smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
China is the first and only country that's currently constructing a national forensic DNA database. They aim to collect and store genetic profiles of 10% of the country's male population, which can be used to construct genetic links to China’s entire male population, roughly 700 million people. aspi.org.au/report/genomi…
Today I learned of a family that lived in Kentucky know as the Blue People of Kentucky. This family is notable for carrying a rare genetic trait that leads to the disease methemoglobinemia, which gives the affected person blue-tinted skin. historycollection.co/the-…
Donald Harvey, a nurse who killed 37 of his patients, was only caught because a medical examiner who performed the autopsy on one of his victims had the genetic ability to smell cyanide. This prompted an investigation and Harvey was discovered. usatoday.com/story/news/h…
Today I learned about photic sneeze reflex, a genetic condition which affects between 10-35% of the population and causes sneezing in response to dramatic light changes. healthline.com/health/pho…
Genetical variation within human population is far less diverse than other species of mammal.There is no reason to assume that major genetic discontinuities exist between peoples on different continents or "races." humanorigins.si.edu/evide…
Elizabeth Taylorβ€˜s voluminous eyelashes were caused by a rare genetic mutation which was responsible for her having 2 rows of eyelashes. healthland.time.com/2011/…
Some people dislike coriander and tell it tastes like soap. This is an genetic predisposition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
Today I learned of Patricia Stallings who allegedly poisoned her son with antifreeze and the child died. She had another baby in prison that went to Foster care. The baby had identical symptoms of poisoning however it was determined that both children actually had a genetic disorder. She was later exonerated. law.umich.edu/special/exo…
While interbreeding occurred between neanderthals and early modern humans, the only genetic evidence of these events conserved within the human genome comes from Y chromosomal DNA meaning that all neanderthal DNA within modern humans comes from male neanderthal and female human pairings. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
There is a genetic form of insomnia called Fatal Familial Insomnia which results in the inability to sleep, hallucinations, and eventual death of the patient with a few years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fat…
Today I learned about Homo Syntheticus, the idea that we will soon take control of evolution away from nature and replace it with cybernetics & genetic engineering. techcrunch.com/2016/05/01…
There's a genetic abnormality called Turner Syndrome, which occurs when the second X chromosome is partially or completely missing, which can cause internal and external physical deformities, as well as vision and hearing and problems, and learning disabilities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
Hops come from the same genetic family as Marijuana - Cannabaceae en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hum…
Today I learned about Lizzie VelΓ‘squez, a woman unable to gain weight. The 31yo is a motivational speaker and YouTuber, and she’s never weighed more than 64 lbs due to an extremely rare genetic disorder. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liz…
Stephen Lyon Crohn was a man that was born with a genetic mutation that allowed him to be immune to AIDS. He was also the great-nephew of Burril Bernard Crohn for whom Crohn's Disease is named. wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephe…
Currently, it is estimated that there are 5,000–7,000 distinct rare diseases worldwide, of which 80% have been identified as having genetic origins and 50% occuring in childhood and lasting for a lifetime ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
1 in 5 genetics research papers have errors due to auto-formatting in Microsoft Excel genomebiology.biomedcentr…
A boy whose whole body looked like an open wound because of a genetic condition which led his skin to be paperthin, had a skin sample taken, its DNA repaired, & the modified skin cells grown to make skin grafts totalling 0.85 sq m. He now leads a normal life. bbc.co.uk/news/health-419…
Today I learned about Dayton β€œWheels” Jones, a pro Killer Instinct player who was born with SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) type 2. Despite his genetic disorder, he’s an absolute master at Killer Instinct. He won 2nd place at the 2017 Combo Breaker tournament. sports.yahoo.com/amphtml/…
Researchers have found that Inuit from northern Quebec are genetically distinct from any present-day population in the world. They compared the genetic profile of 170 Nunavik Inuit with "everyone possible" from Asians, Africans, and Europeans to North and South Americans cbc.ca/news/canada/north/…
There's a species of salamander that is entirely female, and reproduce by stealing genetic material from males of other species and cherrypicking what genes they pass on to their daughters. popsci.com/female-salaman…
Cats have genetic similarities to humans and are an excellent model to study human infectious diseases. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hum…
Modern polar bears are descended from hybridisation between ancient polar bears and long extinct Irish bears. The Irish genetic component has passed down through the maternal side throughout the ages and is now present in all modern polar bears. In short, polar bears are Irish nationalgeographic.org/me…
The proportion of genetic difference between different races is actually quite small. Two people from different racial populations can be genetically more similar than two people from the same population. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
There is a family in italy named Marsili which can not feel pain due to a genetic mutation. Family members can suffer burns and broken bones while feeling virtually no pain and they do not need any sort of anesthesia during surgery independent.co.uk/news/sc…
Today I learned about Genetic Sexual Attraction. It occurs between β€œclose blood relatives who have been separated during the critical years of development and bonding and are reunited after as adults,” independent.co.uk/news/wo…
A Scottish woman can't feel pain or anxiety and is very happy and optimistic all the time all because of a rare genetic mutation which increases the brain chemical "Anandamide". She was given 1 g of paracetamol or acetaminophen after a trapeziectomy where people usually need morphine. sciencedirect.com/science…
It is estimated that eight percent of human genetic material comes from a virus nytimes.com/2017/10/04/sc…
Testicle transplants rarely occur due to the fact that when transplanting the donor's sperm into the recipient, the recipient's children are going to be the testicular donor's children, from a genetic standpoint. insider.com/man-underwent…
It takes two to six months to grow a full beard but it depends on genetics, testosterone levels and lifestyle choices. At six years, the beard is the longest it will ever be and hairs will start falling out on its own menshairstylestoday.com/h…
Due to the genetic similarity between humans and gorillas, gorillas are susceptible to many of the same infectious diseases that affect people, especially respiratory illnesses. gorilladoctors.org/saving…
Today I learned of cherubism, a genetic disease that causes large cysts to form inside face bones, making the bones sponge-like and disfigured. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
: Chimps have more adaptive genetic changes than human. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
There's a vault that stores seeds from all over the world to preserve genetic diversity in case of a sudden catastrophy seedvault.no/how-we-work/…
Today I learned about musician Gaelynn Lea ,winner of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert competition, who was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, a genetic condition that causes complications in the development of bones and limbs. youtu.be/n6oSeODGmoQ
The oldest genetic proof of malaria was found in King Tutankhamun’s body. He had more than one strain of malaria, indicating that he had multiple infections throughout his life. The strains belonged to the most virulent and deadly form of the disease. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
This yellow-pigmented male northern cardinal is most likely a genetic mutation that renders the pigments the bird draws from foods making it appear with yellow coloration rather than red. This is called xanthochromism; in addition to cardinals, it has also been seen in rose-breasted grosbeaks. audubon.org/news/why-nort…
Today I learned about Uncombable Hair Syndrome. Usually characterized by silvery-blond or straw-colored hair that is disorderly, stands out from the scalp, and cannot be combed flat, it is thought that Albert Einstein had this genetic disorder, giving him his wild, crazy looking hairstyle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unc…
The Belly Button Biodiversity Project. Scientists examined the genetic makeup of the bacterial found in the bellybuttons of 60 volunteers. One individual, who hadn't washed in several years, hosted 2 species of extremophile bacteria that typically thrive in ice caps and thermal vents. news.nationalgeographic.c…
All Scottish fold cats are descended from a single barn cat named Susie. A local shepherd found Susie and started a breeding program in 1966. Susie's, and her descendants' iconic floppy ears are actually a sign of a painful genetic disease where the cat's cartilage is weak. bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-…
10-35% of people share the same genetic trait that makes us having to sneeze when looking towards the sun pbs.org/newshour/science/…
Today I learned about Antennapedia, a rare genetic mutation that causes certain bugs to grow legs out of their head rather than antennae and allowed scientists to create a 10-legged spider en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Some Amish communities willingly participate in studies of genetic diseases, as they have unique genetics due to the enclosed nature of their order. Their extensive family histories are useful to researchers investigating diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and macular degeneration. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ami…
There is such thing as Cotton Candy grapes that legitimately taste like cotton candy and involves no genetic engineering or artificial flavors npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
A 2018 Harvard genetic study found that the South East of England became genetically distinct from the north at the same time as the Roman colonization of Britannia pointing for the first time to evidence of Roman mixture with Iron Age Britons. telegraph.co.uk/science/2…
Flossie Wong-Staal was the first researcher to clone HIV. She also completed genetic mapping of the virus which made it possible to develop HIV tests. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flo…
A giant virus has been discovered with its own immune system. French scientists found these giant virus defence mechanisms work in a similar way to the CRISPR-Cas system, whereby the virus learns to recognise invaders, capture their genetic material and use this information to destroy them. ibtimes.co.uk/could-giant…
The Pug population in the UK is so in-bred that the population of 10,000 only has the genetic diversity of 50 distinct individuals. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_ne…
Today I learned about Backcrossing, which is the crossing of a hybrid with one of its parents or an individual genetically similar to its parent, in order to achieve offspring with a genetic identity which is closer to that of the parent. Otherwise known as forced animal incest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bac…
That, contrary to common misconception, acne is mostly caused by genetics, rather than lack of hygiene, eating fatty food, or other personal habits. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
French Canadians have a higher prevalence of Mendelian genetic diseases due to the founder effect of their population ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed…
A female zebra shark held in captivity in Australia gave birth asexually in 2017. It is only the third documented case of a vertebrate of any species switching its reproductive strategy from sexual to asexual. Sperm storage was ruled out when genetic testing was done on the offspring. cnn.com/2017/01/17/health…
School phobia a.k.a. school refusal, is an anxiety disorder that may have a genetic component healthofchildren.com/S/Sc…
Today I learned of the Kalash, a group of around 30,000 people in Pakistan who don't fit into any race category, being genetically distinct from all other races in the world. They are now considered to be humanity's sixth genetic cluster, alongside African, Caucasian, Asian, Oceanian, and Native American. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Today I learned of the durian, an Asian fruit. Depending on their genetics, people perceive the fruit as either sweet and delicious, while others find is nauseating. One writer described it as smelling like "pig-shit, turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dur…
There's a rare genetic disorder known as testotoxicosis. As the name implies, it only affects males. Affected men will reach puberty at just 2 or 3 years old. thecut.com/2019/01/precoc…
A new tool to study neural networks uses the modified rabies virus. This will allow scientists to target specific cells for genetic modification that can be used to treat intellectual disabilities and mental health issues. youtu.be/hrVg9OCP3vI
The plagues of the Middle Ages have made around 10% of Europeans resistant to HIV. These individuals carry a genetic mutation (known as CCR5-Γ„32) that prevents the virus from entering the cells of the immune system. The plagues of the Middle Ages played a part in creating these mutations. eurekalert.org/pub_releas…
Due to the way they reproduce, domesticated apples have virtually the same amount of genetic diversity as their wild cousins journals.plos.org/plosgen…
Memories can be passed down to later generations through genetic switches that allow offspring to inherit the experience of their ancestors, according to new research that may explain how phobias can develop. telegraph.co.uk/news/scie…
Mixed-race and ethnic minority individuals struggle to find life-saving bone marrow and stem-cell transplant matches. A partial genetic match is required, and direct siblings only have a 25% chance of matching. sbs.com.au/news/why-mixed…
Danny Devito has a rare genetic disorder that affects bone growth called Multiple epiphyseal dysplasia. MED causes short stature in adults, short arms and legs, joint pain, deformities in the hands, feet and spine and early osteoarthritis. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mul…
Tutankhamun's mummified body contains the oldest known genetic proof of the existence of malaria. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tut…
Timothy Ray Brown is considered to be the first person cured of HIV/AIDS. Brown had chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant to treat leukaemia. His transplant came from someone with a natural genetic resistance to HIV. He was cured of HIV but scientists don’t fully understand why. wikipedia.org/wiki/Timoth…
Today I learned about the Fugates, a family which lived in isolation in the Kentucky Appalachians for over 150 years. Due to inbreeding, the family developed a rare genetic disorder called methemoglobinemia, which turned their skin blue. abcnews.go.com/Health/blu…
Four years before Avatar was released, there was a sci-fi novel where a man moved his consciousness to a green avatar, made from his genetic material, which had enhanced physical capabilities en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old…
White Peacocks are not albino peacocks, rather they are born all white, due to a genetic variation. Albino animals have a complete lack of color and red or pink eyes, and albino skin is very pale. White peafowl have blue eyes and colored skin. They are not found in the wild. owlcation.com/stem/The-Wh…
Siblings, or parents and children, that were separated from one another at birth or a very young age are often extremely sexually attracted to one another if they meet later in life. This is called Genetic Sexual Attraction. cumbria.gov.uk/eLibrary/C…
Today I learned about genetic Chimeras. Named after the mythic creature, it’s when an organism contains 2 sets of DNA. This can happen if twins are recombined in the womb or after major organ/bone marrow transplants. In some rare cases the transplanted DNA can β€œtake over” the host DNA. insider.com/what-is-a-hum…
A woman was sentenced to life in prison for poisoning her child to death with antifreeze. She gave birth to a second child while in prison, who was given to foster care. But he became sick with the same symptoms, indicating a genetic metabolic disorder, not poisoning. She was later released. people.com/archive/the-mu…
Modern genetics was discovered/invented in 1856-63 by an Austrian monk who overturned millennia of misunderstanding by simply running a scientific experiment (on 28,000 plants); yet his work was ignored for 40 years and nearly lost. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
I learned about "frozen zoos" which preserve genetic material from endangered animals aplants for the purpose of cloning them to save the species; like the African wildcat. wikipedia.org/wiki/Frozen…
Today I learned of a band called Ok Go, who stored one of their albums on DNA by converting their audio into binary code, and then converting the binary into genetic code, which was then "inscribed" onto genetic material. theverge.com/2016/7/7/121…
There’s a rare genetic mutation that makes some humans quadrupeds nature.com/news/2008/0806…
Today I learned of a woman who is literally fearless due to a rare genetic condition known as Urbach-Wiethe disease that hardened her amygdala - part of the brain responsible for fear response. Researchers exposed her to potentially terrifying experiences and none of them scared her. healthland.time.com/2013/…
Cotton is native to both the Old and New Worlds, but while cotton fibers occur naturally in colors of white, brown, pink and green, fears of contaminating the genetics of white cotton have led many cotton-growing locations to ban the growing of colored cotton varieties. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cot…
Botox is used to treat spasticity. Spasticity can occur in a variety of conditions including cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury (ABI), spinal cord injury (SCI), genetic and metabolic conditions. childrens.health.qld.gov.…
- The Institute of Cytology and Genetics in Siberia has a 'Monument to the laboratory mouse', to commemorate all the mice that have been sacrificed in the name of science. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Elephant shrews were called that because they are shrews with flexible noses like an elephant, but genetic analysis discovered they are not true shrews and are actually more closely related to elephants wikipedia.org/wiki/Elepha…
Humans are the only animals with chins. Even chimpanzees and gorillas, our closest genetic cousins, lack chins. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
The name given to Down Syndrome is because John Langdon Down was the first one to describe this genetic condition in 1862 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
A study of 27,000 dogs indicated that purebred dogs had a significantly higher incidence than mixed breeds of ten different genetic disorders. Mixed breeds had a higher incidence of only one and thirteen other disorders were pretty much the same between the two groups. instituteofcaninebiology.…
Caffeine metabolism rate is related to genetic factors and may differ by up to 4 times in different individuals. Depending on the metabolism rate, caffeine may decrease or increase the risk of a heart attack, which explains the conflicting literature on the benefits of caffeine. well.blogs.nytimes.com/20…
There are babies with 3 genetic parents. If a couple is likely to pass on a mitochondrial disorder doctors can do a Mitochondrial transfer. This works by replacing the damaged mitochondria in the mother’s egg with healthy mitochondria from another woman’s donor egg giving child DNA from 2 mothrs sitn.hms.harvard.edu/flas…
Cilantro tastes and smells "soapy" to some and "fresh" to others, due to different genetic dispositions npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
The average person can see about 1 million colors. But 1% of the world's population has a rare genetic mutation that allows them to see 100 million colors. mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-cu…
Coriander can taste "soapy" to some due to genetics sbs.com.au/topics/science…
Inuit people have evolved a rare genetic adaptation that assists them in surviving on a high protein diet, which includes as a side effect, causing an altered level of consciousness due to improper liver function. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ket…
Genetic mutations among Tibetan individuals helps them to live and work in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, which features elevations as high as 14,800 feet. One of these variants was inherited from an extinct group of humans known as the Denisovans, a sister species to the Neanderthals. gizmodo.com/key-mutations…
Kraig Biocraft Lab found a way to use spider-silk to make bulletproof material. They took the silk proteins, stronger thank steel and Kevlar, from spiders, introduced the genetic material into the friendly, kumbaya, a super-efficient silkworm which now spins out the spider-silk! biofuelsdigest.com/bdiges…
Every person with blue eyes has NOT got a single common blue eyed ancestor, but in fact there are FOUR global ancestors each passing on their own blue eye genetics. Europe & East Asia have a single respective ancestor each, but also share two separate ancestors with the rest of the world. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…

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