Genetics Archive

Cancer, Elephants and P53

What is p53? Also known as a tumor protein or a cellular tumor antigen, p53 (also sometimes called TP53) is a gene that codes for proteins which in essence keep cancerous tumors from forming. Along with another cancer-suppressing …

Infographic: P53- Guardian of the Genome

What is the link between genes and cancer? In this infographic, we explore how malfunctions in a regulatory gene, called p53, can increase susceptibility to some forms of cancer.   Additional Resources: Scitable- P53 Genes …

Infographic – Zika Virus

The Zika virus seems to have come out of nowhere, but in reality it has been documented since the early 20th century. So why has it been in the news recently? Once it spread to …
UNDERSTANDING A PUNNETT SQUARE

3 Videos for Mendelian Genetics

Most of us have been exposed to Mendelian genetics at multiple times in our scientific careers. However, like anything that you don’t use on a daily basis, it doesn’t hurt to have a quick refresher …

The Cancer Gene We All Have

We recently had the pleasure of working with TedEd and ZedeM Media to produce an animation based on our RicochetScience article “What is the Link Between BRCA1 and Cancer?“. The video is now posted to …
Three Parents – One Baby

Three Parents – One Baby

In vitro fertilization technology has been used for many years to help couples conceive a child. The process involves taking an egg from the mother and fertilizing it with paternal sperm to create embryos that …
Sodium Channels and Pain Genetics

Sodium Channels and Pain Genetics

Pain is in the brain, or at least the perception of pain occurs in the brain. But actually, what you perceive as pain is the result of a series of chemical and electrical impulses that …
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What is the link between BRCA1 and cancer?

The announcement that Angelia Jolie has undergone a double mastectomy to reduce her chances of developing breast cancer has many people wondering what  BRCA1 is and how it relates to breast cancer. It is important …