Tag Archives: Genes

Adopt a symbiont and gain beneficial genes

Conventional wisdom tells us that animals are able to adapt genetically in ways that help them survive and reproduce, but there may be another way to gain an evolutionary advantage – adoption of a symbiont. Scientists have recently revealed a … Continue reading

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DNA transfer between parasite and host

The nature of man’s relationship with parasites has been given a little more indirect illumination by researchers working with a blood-sucking bug, a pond snail and their hosts. For the first time, these scientists have found solid evidence of the … Continue reading

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Type 1 diabetes linked to immune response to wheat

New research shows, for the first time, that carriers of certain genes may be more likely to develop an over-reaction in the gut to wheat, and possibly also to other foods, and that this may alter the balance of the … Continue reading

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Parasites shaped our immune system

Parasites appear to have been responsible for making some of our immune proteins into the inflammatory defenders they are today but, equally, they have also sculpted some genes into risk factors for intestinal disorders. Of 91 genes assessed in this … Continue reading

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When did you last change your genes?

Probably more recently than you realize! Many of us have come to believe that our genes are an immutable endowment which underpins our health – for good or bad – but this may not be the case. Our genome may … Continue reading

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Return of the lost worms

Replacing lost worms to regain health Helminthic therapy is an experimental approach to the treatment of asthma, allergies and inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, which involves the administration of controlled quantities of selected, benign intestinal parasites such as hookworm and whipworm. … Continue reading

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