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Genotype and phenotype

We are all unique. Even monozygotic twins, who are genetically identical, always have some variation in the way they look and act. This uniqueness is a result of the interaction between our ...

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History of xenotransplantation

Xenotransplantation was attempted unsuccessfully in the early 1900s. Several key research developments over the last 100 years now mean that the first xenotransplant treatments could be available ...

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Xenotransplantation – introduction

Xenotransplantation is when living cells, tissues or organs are transplanted between species. To be successful in humans, xenotransplants must overcome issues of transplant rejection ...

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The genotype/phenotype connection

What role do genes play in development? How does your genotype contribute to your phenotype? Or more explicitly, how do genes work together to produce RNA that codes for proteins that make up ...

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Obesity: genetic or environmental?

Rachael Taylor is a Research Associate Professor based at the Edgar National Centre for Diabetes Research, University of Otago. Her research focuses on the environmental factors that contribute ...

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Xenotransplantation – timeline

This timeline features some of the key events in xenotransplantation from the early 1900s until 2017. 1902 – Reconnecting blood vessels for organ transplants Alexis Carrel at the Rockefeller ...

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Uniquely me – key Terms

What makes you, you and me, me? Genes or environment? How we look and act is the result of the interaction of our genes with our environment. Even identical twins, with an identical genetic ...

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Genetics webquest

In this activity, students carry out a genetics webquest using resources from the Science Learning Hub or a genetics animation from the Learn Genetics website. By the end of this activity ...

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Forensics – interesting facts

Here are some interesting facts about forensics and DNA: New Zealand was the second country in the world to establish a databank of DNA profiles. Find out more about New Zealand's DNA Databank ...

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Fertilisation to adulthood – Timeline

This timeline gives information on the key stages in the development of a human. Please note: The weeks in pregnancy are typically counted from the 1st day of a woman’s last menstrual cycle. This ...

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Ethics and xenotransplantation

Xenotransplantation entails transplanting cells or organs (for example pancreatic cells, a heart or a kidney) from an individual of one species into an individual of another species ...

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Xenotransplantation and organ donation

There is a worldwide shortage of deceased organ donors. In this theme, we explore ways of increasing the availability of cells, tissues and organs for transplants. Cell, tissue and organ ...

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Ethics and organ donation

Worldwide there are approximately 150,000 people waiting for an organ transplant at any one time, 400 of them are in New Zealand. Each year many thousands of people have their lives saved as a ...

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Making connections in the brain

The human brain has a multitude of functions. As well as organising our thoughts, feelings and actions, it also controls bodily processes like fertility. At puberty, the brain is ultimately ...

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Cohesin proteins and human development

Proteins have many different roles within our bodies. They are coded for by our genes and form the basis of living tissues. They also play a central role in biological processes. For example ...

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Obesity risk factors

In this activity, students participate in a simulation that demonstrates that both genetic make-up and environmental factors influence an individual’s likelihood of becoming obese. By the end of ...

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Q&A: Xenotransplantation

Xenotransplantation is when cells, tissues or organs are taken from one species and put into another to help treat disease. Purpose To review understanding of Xenotransplantation. Read ...

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