Cosmos Q&A: Dealing with data at top speed

In a massive leap forward for computational genomic research, Australia’s CSIRO recently announced that its VariantSpark AI platform had processed over one trillion points of genomic data. A research team led by Denis Bauer created the platform, which can analyse traits, such as diseases or susceptibilities, and uncover which genes may jointly cause them. Using … Continue reading Cosmos Q&A: Dealing with data at top speed

Genetics may play a role in sexuality

  A new study has found that there is no “single gay gene”. Instead, researchers suggest there are thousands of genetic variants linked to the trait, that when combined only contribute to one per cent of the genetic variation. The researchers also suggest that same-sex sexual behaviour is influenced, like most other human traits, by … Continue reading Genetics may play a role in sexuality

Semi-identical twins identified in pregnancy

Young Queensland twins, a boy and a girl, have been identified as only the second set of semi-identical twins in the world – and the first to be identified by doctors during pregnancy. The twins, who are identical on their mother’s side but share only part of their father’s DNA, are the first case of … Continue reading Semi-identical twins identified in pregnancy