Topics: genetics

December 21st, 2015

Roosters raise questions about moms’ monopoly on mitochondrial DNA

While it’s always been considered a bit of a surprise if a baby would inherit its mother’s eyes, or its father’s dimples, we’ve been fairly confident in the idea that everyone gets their mom’s mitochondria.¬†Mitochondria, organelles in your cells responsible for providing them with energy,¬†are made according to their own packet of DNA, called¬†mitochondrial DNA […]

November 24th, 2015

Tardigrade traits may be based on borrowed DNA

While tardigrades seem like some weird outlier of the world’s genetic soup, much of their weird abilities may come from the fact that they’re actually blending a number of genomes together.