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Posts Tagged ‘Genetics’

  • The Viruses in Your DNA

    February 25, 2017 • Life Sciences, Snippets • Views: 2

    DNA from other organisms can trickle down to our genomes. Should we be worried?

  • Let’s Repair Your DNA!

    March 5, 2016 • Life Sciences, Snippets • Views: 1534

    Alisha Aman reports on a breakthrough in the cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy using genome editing.

  • The fault in our genes

    January 19, 2016 • Features, Life Sciences • Views: 2143

    One crucial change among the 3 billion letters takes it all - Alisha Aman discusses some rare genetic diseases.

  • Calling all muggles: why you never received your Hogwarts letter

    December 24, 2015 • Features, Life Sciences • Views: 2005

    Claire Harris delves into the science behind the fiction (and perhaps asks herself if her Potter obsession is healthy)

  • Jungle Genomics

    May 30, 2015 • Life Sciences, Snippets • Views: 2609

    The ability to point a device at a life form and identify it is a long-running Sci-Fi trope, but is it now one step closer to reality? Whilst remote sensing is still a dream, a team of Italian scientists from the Science Museum in Trento and the University of

  • Editing the Genome of a Human Embryo

    May 16, 2015 • Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Snippets • Views: 2556

    The purpose of gene editing is to repair a defective gene which is responsible for a medical condition. Traditionally, gene therapy involves delivering a gene that is missing or defective to a certain part of the body using viral particles. However, targeted

  • The foreign within

    April 4, 2015 • Life Sciences, Snippets • Views: 1723

    A recent study, published in Genome Biology, claims to have found at least 145 ‘foreign’ genes in human DNA . In order to detect these ‘intruders’, a team of scientists scanned human DNA for segments with close resemblance to genes of non-animals

  • Out of Africa

    April 3, 2015 • Features, Physical Sciences • Views: 6808

    The point in history when our African ancestors looked towards the horizon to begin their journey and search for new land is veiled in mystery. Our knowledge of these events are muddled with different, sometimes contrasting, evidence. Fresh geological