It’s hard to keep up. But new Omicron sub-variants are emerging that may lead to reinfections and another spike in cases.
The new omicron variant of coronavirus has a number of mutations that may require manufacturers to update vaccines. The unique attributes of mRNA vaccines make updating them fast and easy.
Every cancer is different. Grouping cancer mutations by their structure and function could help make treatments more personalized.
When the coronavirus copies itself, there is a chance its RNA will mutate. But new variants must jump from one host to another, and the more infections there are, the better chance this will happen.
It’s not spreading widely, and it’s not at Australia’s doorstep. The tools we have in place work against the coronavirus.
SARS-Cov-2 has experienced roughly the same amount of evolutionary change during the pandemic as humans have since Homo habilis first walked the Earth about 2.5m years ago.
A new coronavirus double mutation found in India is better shaped to invade our cells.
The UK government has claimed the new British variant of the coronavirus may be 30% more deadly.
Compared with other RNA viruses, the coronavirus is actually quite stable. So don’t believe the scary headlines about the ‘mutant coronavirus’.
In the disturbing scenario of human-to-mink-to-human COVID-19 transmission, the virus may mutate in mink prior to re-infecting people. That possibility makes vaccine design even more crucial.
A mutating coronavirus has implications for vaccines, treatments, tests and your future plans.
Genome sequencing technologies have transformed biological research in many ways, but have had a much smaller effect on the treatment of common diseases.
Natural selection isn’t the only factor deciding human evolution.
Why was one gene mutation that affects hair, teeth, sweat glands and breasts ubiquitous among ice age Arctic people? New research points to the advantage it provided for ancestors of Native Americans.
A core idea in molecular biology is that one gene codes for one protein. Now biologists have found an example of a gene that yields two forms of a protein – enabling it to evolve new functionality.
Antisense therapy showed promising results in a first-in-human trial for Huntington’s disease.
Comparing genomes of more than 200,000 people, researchers identified genetic variants that are less common in older people, suggesting natural selection continues to weed out disadvantageous traits.
Some animals seem to have missing genes – but the reality is a lot more intriguing.
Releasing just 100 mice carrying a faulty gene designed to stop them reproducing can remove an entire population of 50,000, a new study shows, paving the way for new eradication efforts.
Two US researchers have traced the majority of cancers to DNA replication errors during our natural cell replacement. Their finding asks for a renewed inquiry into the role of “chance” in cancer.