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A bacterium that can read man-made DNA - Synthetic biology
Biologists expand life’s alphabet to include two new letters
dna  bacteria  synthetic  biology 
3 days ago by soobrosa
DNA from the Beginning
Information about discovery of gene theory
DNA  gene  interactive  genetics  Y11  Y12  Y13 
12 days ago by djwilliamsbsk
23andMe
Get a full analysis of your DNA for £150.
ancestry  dna  health 
13 days ago by cd
Between the (Gender) Lines: the Science of Transgender Identity
Transgender women tend to have brain structures that resemble cisgender women, rather than cisgender men. Two sexually dimorphic (differing between men and women) areas of the brain are often compared between men and women. The bed nucleus of the stria terminalus (BSTc) and sexually dimorphic nucleus of transgender women are more similar to those of cisgender woman than to those of cisgender men, suggesting that the general brain structure of these women is in keeping with their gender identity.

In 1995 and 2000, two independent teams of researchers decided to examine a region of the brain called the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BSTc) in trans- and cisgender men and women (Figure 2). The BSTc functions in anxiety, but is, on average, twice as large and twice as densely populated with cells in men compared to women. This sexual dimorphism is pretty robust, and though scientists don’t know why it exists, it appears to be a good marker of a “male” vs. “female” brain. Thus, these two studies sought to examine the brains of transgender individuals to figure out if their brains better resembled their assigned or chosen sex.

Interestingly, both teams discovered that male-to-female transgender women had a BSTc more closely resembling that of cisgender women than men in both size and cell density, and that female-to-male transgender men had BSTcs resembling cisgender men. These differences remained even after the scientists took into account the fact that many transgender men and women in their study were taking estrogen and testosterone during their transition by including cisgender men and women who were also on hormones not corresponding to their assigned biological sex (for a variety of medical reasons). These findings have since been confirmed and corroborated in other studies and other regions of the brain, including a region of the brain called the sexually dimorphic nucleus (Figure 2) that is believed to affect sexual behavior in animals.
lgbtqia  gender  genetics  DNA  transgender  biology  neuroscience 
14 days ago by campylobacter
Life, but not as we know it | Ars Technica
Research to expand the number of "letters" in DNA to encode new amino acids that are not used already
science  life  DNA  genetics  biology 
15 days ago by jcretan

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