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Alcohol - How Does It Give Us Cancer?

Lucy Eccles | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Eccles

Research by World Cancer Research Fund shows that drinking alcohol is linked to an increased risk of several cancers: bowel, breast, mouth and throat, oesophageal, stomach and liver. In the UK, 21,000 cases of cancer could be prevented each year if nobody drank alcohol, but how does alcohol actually interact with us to cause such a drastic effect?

Smoking Actually Alters Your DNA, Permanently

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 04.11.2016 | UK Tech

Scientists have discovered that smoking doesn’t just damage your body, it fundamentally alters it, right down to your DNA. In a study analysing thou...

Scientists Can Tell How Many Children You're Going To Have

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Parents

Ever wanted a more reliable way of finding out how many children you will end up having, rather than resorting to a crystal ball? Well now researchers...

This Is Why We Have Five-Fingered Hands

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK Tech

Scientists have traced our fingers all the way back to our piscatorial ancestors in a new study which reveals why we have five digits on each hand. Re...

Smoking Leaves A Footprint On Your DNA, Even After You Quit

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK Tech

Everyone knows that smoking is bad for your health, but scientists have now revealed that smoking leaves a ‘footprint’ on your DNA that stays long...

So This Is How It Feels To Be A Proper Indian

Shihab S Joi | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Shihab S Joi

As if hailing from the Indian sub-continent wasn't exotic enough. My hate-affair with jazzing up one's ancestry began when I came to the UK in the mi...

NASA Is Sending A DNA Sequencer To The ISS And It Could Identify Alien Life

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 15.07.2016 | UK Tech

Elon Musk’s SpaceX is set to deliver a number of important packages to the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday. The centrepiece is a handhel...

What If Your Child Had a Rare Chromosome Disorder?

Arti Patel | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Parents
Arti Patel

Imagine a scenario where that tiny little human life you created receives an earth shattering diagnosis. The doctors have no information about what it means or how it will affect your little one. Your family is left at the crossroads. You don't know where to go or who to turn to. What help will my child need? How can I get it? Where do I get information? Who can help me and my family? Why me, why us?

Scientists Have Built The World's Smallest Thermometer Out Of DNA

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Tech

Researchers have created a programmable DNA thermometer that is 20,000 times smaller than a human hair. The scientists at the University of Montreal t...

Scientists Have Been Given The Green Light To Start 'Editing' Human Embryos

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Tech

Scientists have been given permission by the UK's fertility regulator to genetically modify human embryos. A very early stage human embryo seen thr...

70,000 NHS Patients Have Joined A Ground-Breaking British Project To Cure Cancer

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 21.01.2016 | UK Tech

Cancer patients have joined in the fight against rare diseases by signing up to the UK's ground-breaking 100,000 Genomes Project which could help scie...

Untapped Potential in the Health Tech Generation

Nick Hardiker | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK Tech
Nick Hardiker

Mobile devices and gadgets are now ubiquitous. According to Ofcom, at the beginning of 2015 in the UK, 93% of adults personally owned/used a mobile phone ‒ 66% of adults had a smartphone and 61% used their handset to access the Internet.

Why Is There Such a Scarcity of Female Science Professors?

Professor Louise Serpell | Posted 16.09.2016 | UK Tech
Professor Louise Serpell

The scarcity of female science professors is probably due to a combination of all the reasons above and others. It is essential, therefore, that we educate all academics about the equality of choice.

Risk Of Testicular Cancer May Be Determined By Your Parents' Genes

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Genetics play a huge part in determining a man's risk of testicular cancer, a study has shown. Research suggests that almost half of the risk of de...

Why Keeping Our Meat Safe Is All About Trust

Paul Brannen | Posted 16.05.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Brannen

The horsemeat scandal knocked people's faith in the food they eat. One business here in the North East has always had high standards of meat traceability and is now leading the industry by using state of the art technology to deliver information on where our food actually comes from...

£125 DNA Test Company Brings Banned Test To UK

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Tech

The company behind a controversial genetic test that claims to reveal your risk of cancer or Alzheimer's has defended its decision to launch in the U...

'Stranger' DNA From Madeleine McCann Holiday Apartment Could Be Re-Tested

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK

Detectives investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann hope to re-test “stranger” DNA from the flat she went missing from seven years ago....

Forget Designer Brands, the New Middle Class Are Gifting DNA Tests

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 02.11.2014 | UK
Jasmine Dotiwala

Two weeks later my results were in. They compared my unique DNA to billions of people all around the world to find the common strands that help define our ethnicity and where we are originally from.

Scientists Can Now 'Turn Off' Fear

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK Tech

A true phobia can have a crippling effect on someone's life - a fear of flying can stop people exploring the world or a fear of open spaces can confin...

One Million Brits 'Descended From Vikings'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK

Around one million Britons, or one in 33 men across the UK, can claim direct descent from Vikings, according to a new DNA study. Men from the far n...

The Double Helical Structure of DNA: Scientific Canon Today, but Iconoclastic at the Time

Elizabeth Dzeng | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Tech
Elizabeth Dzeng

On this day in 1953, James D. Watson and Francis H.C. Crick announced their discovery of the structure of DNA...

'Who's Your Daddy?'- Has Reality TV Reached an All-Time Low?

Cynthia Lawrence | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Cynthia Lawrence

Paternity Court is the latest courtroom TV show aired in the States and has already proved to be a huge success. Set in a non-traditional courtroom, (with a studio audience), families can settle paternity disputes by DNA testing once and for all. Presiding as judge is the perfectly coiffured Lauren Lake, a family lawyer and legal analyst.

Amazing 'Fountain Of Youth' Gene May Be Able To Heal People Much Faster Than Normal

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle

It may sound like the stuff that superheroes are made of, but a 'fountain of youth' gene may hold the key to faster healing of injuries and damage cau...

DNA Breakthrough Could Lead To 'Elixir Of Life'

Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.12.2013 | UK Tech

A DNA breakthrough has lead to new hopes that we might one day fully understand the ageing process - and be able to slow it down -- or halt it altoget...

This Professor Just Ruined Yeti Conspiracies For Everyone

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 17.10.2013 | UK

What will intrepid fur-clad explorers and their binoculars do now? The mystery of the yeti, according to new DNA evidence, has been solved. Tes...