Tag: Genetics

Defining Beneficial Mutations

Defining Beneficial Mutations

Beneficial mutations are a hot topic in the biology field. They are a necessity for most if not all models of evolution and, as such, are highly sought after among evolutionary biologists.  This fervor is even more heightened by the sheer number of beneficial mutations needed to move a microbe to a man.  Thus numerous … Continue reading Defining Beneficial Mutations

Polyploidy and the Genome (Research Article)

Polyploidy and the Genome (Research Article)

Building on the last article’s discussion of heredity and the genome, we need to take some time and discuss polyploidy. Polyploidy is probably a foreign word to many of you but it is a fairly straightforward word to understand. The prefix “poly” means many or multiple. The word “ploid” comes from Greek and roughly translates … Continue reading Polyploidy and the Genome (Research Article)

Epigenetics

Epigenetics

Genetics is a frightening subject for people. It involves things they don't entirely understand with big, complicated scary sounding names.  Thus when told there is another layer of complexity on top of the normal Mendellian genetics, many people will simply back away from what they perceive as intimidating and complicated science.  However, while things like … Continue reading Epigenetics