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'Wtf'? A gene that poisons its own host

Discovery of genes that divide two species in a simple fungus sheds light on complex evolutionary principles

June 20, 2017 | By Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

In a new study, researchers describe a family of genes called "wtf" — and how they don't behave in the way you might expect.

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Of mutant flies, tangled sperm and the 'Mother's Curse'

Study in fruit flies identifies a mutation in mitochondria — the energy factories of our cells — that harms males but not females

Aug. 2, 2016 | By Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

For the first time, evolutionary biologists at Fred Hutch have identified a "Mother's Curse" mutation - a genetic change harmful to males but not females - in animals. The mutation renders male fruit flies sterile but leaves female flies untouched.

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Being pregnant — and diagnosed with cancer

Inaugural retreat explores painful issues, unanswered questions surrounding cancer, fertility and pregnancy

April 22, 2016 | By Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

Emily Cousins was diagnosed with breast cancer at 32, when she was nine months pregnant. On Thursday, 13 years after that wrenching period of her life, Cousins joined a group of cancer researchers, fertility specialists, survivors and patient advocates to discuss the unique issues at the intersection of cancer and reproduction at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s inaugural cancer and pregnancy retreat.

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