Category: genetics

Only 1-3% of people are equipped with a mutated gene called…

Only 1-3% of people are equipped with a mutated gene called “hDEC2.” This gene allows their body to get the rest it requires from just a few hours of sleep.

A woman was sentenced to life in prison for poisoning her child…

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.

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Siamese cats change colors depending on temperature. They have a…

Siamese cats change colors depending on temperature. They have a gene that inhibits pigment, but only when above a certain temperature. That’s why they typically have color around their ears, paws, and tails— the coolest parts of their bodies.

A woman who is literally fearless due to a rare genetic…

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.

Our genes show that we all share a male ancestor that is called…

Our genes show that we all share a male ancestor that is called Y-Chromosomal Adam. He lived approximately 208,300 years ago.