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Buzzwords in Science: Mutations – The crazy world of mutants and deadly mutations!

A buzzword that is commonly heard in science news across the medical spectrum is “mutations”. If you’ve read any sort of medical news report in the last decade,  you’ve likely heard the word “mutation” more times than you can count. But for such a prolific word that has undoubtedly made its way into the public sphere, very few people truly know what this means. So let’s take some time to understand mutations. First off, let’s dispel some myths that probably don’t need any dispelling. Most people have undoubtedly heard of X-men before and their version of mutants and mutations. So...

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Navigating the World of Genetic Testing

What can your DNA say about you? Do you get your eye color from your mother, your height from your father, and could you be at risk of a certain type of cancer? If you want to find out, one way is to have your DNA analyzed through a genetic test. Traditionally, a genetic test is deployed by a healthcare professional when they suspect a genetic cause of a person’s disease or ailment, and usually these tests will look at either a single gene (a part of your DNA that is used to make a protein with some function in...

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