Saturday, April 6, 2019

Scientists just mapped the great white shark's genome

A recent discovery made by scientists may provide clues on how to heal wounds and fight cancer.  Theses scientists have been working to map the Great White shark genome and have finally succeeded.  While mapping the genome, they found some interesting things such as "jumping genes" and genes that balance them out.  These genes copy themselves and insert themselves into different parts of the genome.  However, instead of becoming unstable and increasing errors and damage to the coding, the sharks have these stabilizing genes that help it stay stable.  This type of instability is common with cancer and age-related disease.  They believe that with a better understanding of these genes that they could create better way to fight cancer, age-related diseases and heal wounds.
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