Science and technology have a long history of inventing the word “genetic” to describe a compound’s chemical structure.
But now the term is being used more broadly to describe new genetic techniques.
This article uses the word ‘genetic’ in a way that suggests it’s a name.
But the term can also be used in a number of other ways, including for the structure of DNA.
“There are a lot of new tools that are coming up every day that will allow us to understand more about the genetic code, to identify genes, to see how they’re linked together,” said Andrew Harnik, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Toronto in Canada.
Scientists are trying to identify how different animals and plants use DNA, but they’re also using other types of information to help design new drugs.
Harniks team has identified a gene that helps make certain proteins called histones, which are involved in the development of skin, hair and nails.
The gene is present in a single cell but the researchers have found a way to make it in mice, and the results are being reported in the journal Nature Genetics.
Hervik said the discovery could lead to new ways to make drugs that target specific genes or to build gene-editing tools that could improve the chances of developing a new disease.
“The genome is a really important part of the organism,” he said.
“We can do many things with that genome.”
Hervic says the new gene could also help researchers understand how certain genes are involved with specific functions in the body.
It’s not clear how the gene works or if the mouse model is a good model for humans, but Herviks says it could be useful for understanding how gene expression is controlled.
“If we could understand the DNA in a human cell, we could build new drugs that have effects in human cells,” he told BBC News.
“It’s not as though we can do everything by looking at mice.
We have to understand a whole ecosystem of mechanisms that control genes.”
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