Genetics

This Incredible Worm Can Come Back To Life After Being Totally Frozen

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 23.01.2017 | UK Tech

A worm has astonished scientists by coming back to life after being frozen to its very core, rivalling even the phoenix’s reputation for regeneratio...

Spend All Day Sitting Down? You Might Be Ageing Faster

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK Tech

Older people who spend most of their days sitting down are likely to age faster, according to a new study. Researchers found that elderly women who si...

Scientists May Have Discovered Why Some Coffee Drinkers Live Longer

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Tech

People who drink three to five cups of coffee a day – even if it’s decaf – may live longer, according to a study published back in 2015. While t...

Scientists May Have Finally Discovered Why The Menopause Exists

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Tech

Darwin’s theory of natural selection states that any genetic trait which reduces our ability to pass on our genes is unlikely to survive the test of...

Scientists Turn Salmonella Into 'Cancer-Seeking Missile' To Destroy Brain Tumours

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Tech

Salmonella is one of the most common forms of food poisoning, leaving victims bedridden with some pretty nasty symptoms. But what if, rather than atta...

Scientists May Have Discovered What Causes A Third Of All Autism Cases

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 16.12.2016 | UK Tech

The scarcity of a single protein in the brain could explain as many as a third of all cases of autism, according to a new study. Researchers in Canad...

The Kid Conundrum

Simon Wan | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Comedy
Simon Wan

bmm banner.jpg 'You'd be a great Dad!' I get told this often. Yes, I can mess around and play the fool. I'm down with video games and I know what pop star is popping another. I'm guessing that there's a little bit more to actually being a great Dad.

This Is Why Men Get Cancer More Than Women

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Tech

Scientists think they have finally cracked the mystery surrounding the higher prevalence of cancer in men than women, and it’s genetics. Traditional...

Loneliness Isn't Just A Feeling - It Could Be Built Into Your DNA

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK Tech

Genetics are at least partly to blame for life-long loneliness, according to the largest ever study of the personality trait’s heritability. America...

The Contradictions Of Big Data In Healthcare

Amitava Banerjee | Posted 02.09.2016 | UK Tech
Amitava Banerjee

Whether in terms of regulation, research or public expectation, there appear to be differences in the way commercial, research and clinical sectors are operating with health data...if researchers, health professionals and technology companies continue to work in silos, then application of big data to healthcare will remain as potential rather than reality.

While Controversial, Dolly The Sheep Pushed Stem Cell Research Forward By 20 Years

Press Association | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK Tech

Dolly the Sheep helped pushed stem cell research forward by as much as 20 years, according to Professor Sir Ian Wilmut. The prominent scientist was th...

Our Generation Needs a Mature Conversation About Synthetic Biology

Stefan Rollnick | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Stefan Rollnick

Our generation will not be the first to have a difficult conversation about emerging scientific technologies; just ask your parents about test-tube babies. But in my opinion, there has been no conversation as difficult as the one surrounding Synthetic Biology. Despite being a student of science, I am firmly of the belief that every one of us needs to be involved.

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?

Genomes and Gnomes

Vivienne Parry | Posted 20.03.2016 | UK Tech
Vivienne Parry

For this year's British Science Week, we launched two exciting new projects. Debates about genomics, DNA and data, and a set of animations featuring gnomes - yes, the garden statues with hats.

DNA Health Tests Have 'Little Or No Impact' When It Comes To Changing Unhealthy Lifestyles

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Communicating the results of DNA tests to patients has "little or no impact" on their unhealthy lifestyles, a new study has found. Researchers analyse...

The 100,000 Genomes Project and Rare Disease Day

Richard Scott | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK Tech
Richard Scott

No-one has ever attempted whole genome sequencing on this scale before. Much of our work until now has been in establishing the tools and infrastructure we need to deliver results to 100s of participants a week.

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...

Parents Of 5-Year-Old Girl With Dementia Open Up About Heartbreak

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK Parents

The parents of a girl suffering from a rare genetic condition that causes dementia have opened up about their struggle. Carly, 34, and Paul Hadman,...

Sibling Rivalry - it's in the Genes

Dr Helen Driscoll | Posted 26.11.2016 | UK
Dr Helen Driscoll

Petty fights in the back of the car, temper tantrums over the possession of a favourite toy, irrational jealousy over who is the family favourite - squabbling brothers and sisters have infuriated parents for generations.

The Refugee Crisis and the Spider-Goat: Editing the empathy gap

Bex Felton | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK
Bex Felton

The boundary of Human Possibility is a soft-edged thing, really. It changes for all of us, at different rates, as our personal universes expand and co...

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 Personalised Medicine Should Be Available to All - Not Just the Rich and Famous

Bill Costello | Posted 29.05.2016 | UK Tech
Bill Costello

As a rapidly-evolving field of medicine, genetic analysis relies on the sharing and pooling of data so that experts can learn more about the complex variations in the human genome which contribute to disease risk or mutation.

Study Links 'Facebook Envy' With Depression In Students

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Social networking sites such as Facebook could be contributing to depression in young people a ground breaking study has revealed. The number of st...

Genome Sequencing And 'Lensless' Microscopes Offer Christmas Cancer Hope

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK Tech

A 'lensless' microscope and a new NHS-led genetics project could offer two new avenues for dramatic advances in cancer research in 205 and beyond. ...

Breakthrough Research on Maternal Prenatal Stress Astounds Scientific Community

Priyam Sharma | Posted 08.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Priyam Sharma

As many readers might already know, exposing pregnant women to stress at constantly high levels can be detrimental to foetal development, placing the newborn at an extreme disadvantage emotionally and intellectually.