Fruit Flies and the Human Heart

ccimages retreived from flicker jacobs_ian

ccimages retreived from flicker jacobs_ian

By: Natalie S.

The department of Life Sciences at the University of Sussex recently led a study on the correlation between small, amino acid sequences of DNA found in fruit flies, and the pump used to support the human heart. These smORFS, (small Open Reading Frames), are now believed to be responsible for regulating heart functions, even in humans. This finding is beneficial to the biological community because it allows these peptides to be examined rather than simply ignored because of their small size. The University team hopes to expand their study of smORFS to include vertebrates as well.Click here to read more.

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