Monthly Archives: May 2023

Why is COVID life-threatening for some people? Genetics study offers clues

The GEITP does not wish to “beat a dead horse” — but we must acknowledge that, early on [Godri Pollitt et al., COVID-19 vulnerability: the potential impact of genetic susceptibility and airborne transmission. Hum Genomics, 12 May 2020; 14: 17], … Continue reading

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Functional interpretation, cataloging, and analysis of 1,341 glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase variants

During the 1980s, there was a time when we wondered if any drug-metabolizing-enzyme (DME) gene might have more than one or two mutant variants. Then, in the late 1980s came the first paper in which five variant alleles were cloned … Continue reading

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ZOONOMIA 240 Mammalian Genomes sequenced and compared (!!!)

The attached pdf file is a follow-up of our GEITP blog sent out on 29 Apr 2023, which was a summary in Nature of the collection of papers published in the 28 Apr 2023 issue of Science. The first two … Continue reading

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Lifespan: Why We Age—and Why We Don’t Have To

I’m 27% of the way through this long book. The grammar is exceptionally remarkable for transitioning complex molecular biology into layman’s language — so that non-scientists (and EVEN PHYSICIAN) can understand. Author Sinclair is an Australian who has a lab … Continue reading

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Study of Hospitalizations in Canada Quantifies Benefit of COVID-19 Vaccine to Reduce Death, ICU Admissions

Pasted below is a reasonable study (summarized in Medscape) that shows us how tremendously dramatic the effects of the COVID-19 vaccine were in terms of saving lives during the pandemic. One caveat not mentioned, however, is the (relatively small, but … Continue reading

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Neurons that connect without synapses

Evolutionarily, which animal came first? Sponges or comb jellies? Concerning the evolution of animal nervous systems, it had been quite well accepted that all neurons connect to each other with synapses, and that the nervous system arose only once in … Continue reading

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