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What Is Cloning?

What Is Cloning?

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Scientists can produce genetically identical copies of genes, cells, and tissues. They can also clone entire organisms, such as deer, sheep, and monkeys. (From NIH’s NHGRI)

From the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) fact sheet (https://www.genome.gov/25020028/cloning-fact-sheet/)
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What is cloning?

The term cloning describes a number of different processes that can be used to produce genetically identical copies of a biological entity. The copied material, which has the same genetic makeup as the original, is referred to as a clone.

Researchers have cloned a wide range of biological materials, including genes, cells, tissues and even entire organisms, such as a sheep.

Do clones ever occur naturally?

Yes. In nature, some plants and single-celled organisms, such as bacteria, produce genetically identical offspring through a process called asexual reproduction. In asexual reproduction, a new individual is generated from a copy of a single cell from the parent organism.

Natural clones, also known as identical twins, occur in humans and other mammals. These twins are produced when a fertilized egg splits, creating two or more embryos that carry almost identical DNA. Identical twins have nearly the same genetic makeup as each other, but they are genetically different from either parent.

 

Read the entire fact sheet here –> https://www.genome.gov/25020028/cloning-fact-sheet/

 

February 2, 2018 Posted by | Educational Resources (High School/Early College(, Medical and Health Research News, Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Music Is Good for Your Health

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Check out the ways that playing an instrument or listening to tunes can boost your health.
(From NIH News in Health –> https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2018/01/sound-health )
Conditions and areas that may benefit include Parkinson’s diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, traumatic brain injury, stroke, aphasia, autism, and hearing loss.
A research team found that music has positive effects on kids’ learning abilities, even when the training starts as late as high school. And “music therapists are trained in how to use music to meet the mental, social, and physical needs of people with different health conditions.”

PubMed references are included!

February 2, 2018 Posted by | Health News Items, Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

   

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