Genetics

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 27.11.2015 | 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.

£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...

This Test Can Tell If You'll Develop Alzheimer's Or Cancer

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A new test which could determine whether your health is at risk from conditions such as Alzheimer's or cancer, has gone on sale in the UK for £125. ...

Why Your Face Is Flushed After One Drink

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

For some of us, there's an awkward moment when your face turns red after one alcoholic bevvy. If this situation is often a reality for you then cha...

Getting to the Root of Health and Disease

Dr. Terry Wahls | Posted 02.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Terry Wahls

If physicians use only medication to treat disease without addressing the underlying factors that contribute to ill health, those diseases will continue and worsen. Every year, patients will grow sicker, need more medication, and accumulate more diagnoses.

How Genetics Plays A Part In How You Pick Your Friends

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

You may think you've picked your friends from shared jokes and chance encounters, but science suggests that genetics may have a big role to play. ...

What's A Human In Gigabytes?

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK Tech

The human genetic code is an incredible thing, it's a building block that exists in every cell in our bodies, it's fantastically complex. With that in...

Science Disproves Bigfoot

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Tech

Science has just killed bigfoot. A new study of supposed hair samples of the North American and Himalayan mythical beast-man has shown that almost ...

This Computer Can Scan Old Photos For Genetic Diseases

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK Tech

Doctors might soon be able to diagnose rare genetic illnesses by scanning old family photos. The technique uses a powerful computer to look for the...