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Genetic Evolution Research (01:59)


Irish scientist Aoife McLysaght studies how our DNA diverged from that of other species to learn about behavior and diseases.

Common Genetic Ancestors (01:56)

Half a billion years ago, humans shared an ancestor with primates. McLysaght compares natural selection to musical chairs; genetic changes can lead to survival or to disease.

Genetics and Disease (01:46)

McLysaght studies gene duplication to identify disease factors. She explains how a healthy gene can imbalance the protein complex assembly process if duplicated.

Identifying Disease Genes (01:17)

McLysaght compares DNA of schizophrenia patients with DNA of other primates. Evolutionary new genes are likely candidates. Her team's discoveries can be used to develop therapies.

Genetic Disease Research Outcomes (00:42)

McLysaght hopes her studies of human genetic evolution will improve quality of life among disease patients.

Credits: Genetic Evolution: The Science Squad (00:04)

Credits: Genetic Evolution: The Science Squad

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This program looks at the evolution of genes and investigates how we can use this understanding to potentially help treat health problems associated with certain genetic diseases, offering those affected the possibility of living longer and much healthier lives.

Length: 8 minutes

Item#: BVL58194

Copyright date: ©2012

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