Category Archive: DNA

All that junk (DNA) inside your trunk

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By Barney Wharam It was billed to be as inspiring as the space program. The sequencing of the human genome, figuring out our DNA code letter for letter, is one of our greatest… Continue reading

Bacteria Wars: the scientist strikes back

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By Kruti Shrotri Bacterial infections are becoming a serious threat to society as the bacteria that cause them become increasingly resistant to our current antibiotics. Earlier this year, Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame… Continue reading

Newspapers’ claims are a red hairing

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By Marie Rogers Recent news articles have claimed that red haired people may become extinct. The gene for red hair is recessive, which means both parents have to have it for their child… Continue reading

Fifty shades before grey

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By Anna Tiley A recent conversation with a friend somehow turned to the topic of human hair colour. What determines hair colour? And why does it change with age?

The Acidic Elixir of Life

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By Anna Tiley A few weeks ago, two papers were published in the journal Nature by a young female researcher in Japan, and they have been causing quite a stir. The researcher, Dr… Continue reading

Teenage Mutant Killer Insects

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By Lauren Hoskin Each year there are an estimated 50-100 million cases of Dengue fever reported worldwide. This potentially life-threatening disease is principally transmitted through the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Up to now, techniques… Continue reading

Barking up the right evolutionary tree

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By Anna Tiley Dogs are thought to be the first animals domesticated by humans, but until now the timing and location of their origin has been hard to pin down. This is due… Continue reading

Keep your friends close; keep your enemies’ DNA

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By Anna Tiley This July I spent a day volunteering at Soapbox Science in London, an exciting event aimed at promoting women in Science. I was paired with Dr. Ravinder Kanda who gave… Continue reading