Genetics

Proof Of The Obesity Gene?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

People genetically prone to obesity could be more likely to pile on weight from fried foods than those with lower risk, a study suggests. Eating fr...

Are People 'Born Gay'?

Jack Fletcher | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Fletcher

Scientific studies recently showed that there is a link between sexuality and our genetics, but for something that is not a choice and is present from birth, was it really any surprise? And also, does it actually even matter?

A Large-Scale Research Project Into Early Signs of Autism and ADHD Is Long Overdue

Dr Emily Jones | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Emily Jones

On Thursday 23 January, my team at the Babylab at Birkbeck, University of London, together with similar teams from across Europe, is launching a new study of infants with older siblings with autism or ADHD. For infants with an older sibling with autism or ADHD, the chances of also having one of the conditions may climb to 20%.

Pioneering Gene Therapy Reverses Genetic Blindness Disorders

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A new gene therapy trial to reverse blindness caused by a rare genetic disease has proved successful. Around 50,000 people in the UK have choroideremi...

Gene Therapy Treatment For Parkinson's Shows Promise, Researchers Say

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A gene therapy for Parkinson's disease has produced promising results in its first patient trial, say researchers. The ProSavin treatment uses an i...

Why Epigeneticists Are Optimistic About Reducing Child Abuse

Lisa Harker | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK
Lisa Harker

Through the study of epigenetics, scientists have identified a clear difference in the genetic expression of individuals who had been abused, and in doing so they are helping to illuminate the process by which childhood trauma can alter an individual's development.

Is Being A Banker Genetic?

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 28.11.2013 | UK

Boris Johnson is the latest high-profile Tory to insist that those with a higher IQ will achieve most in life, and a difference in intelligence is at ...

Weekend Shopping: Under the Fashion Microscope with DEGEN

Sarah McGiven | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah McGiven

Whilst DEGEN's cheeky clothing and its luxe grunge leanings may not be for everyone, the artistry and style DNA that goes into each piece is unquestionably laudable. I love how the witty, playful spirit of her work is balanced by the effortless cool of the DEGEN models...

Advocating Eugenics in the UK Department of Education

Pete Shanks | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Pete Shanks

Dominic Cummings, a senior adviser to the UK Secretary of State for Education, recently provoked a flurry of complaints by allegedly claiming that "a child's performance has more to do with genetic makeup than the standard of his or her education."

Scientists Completely 'Rewrite Genetic Code' Of Bacteria

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 17.12.2013 | UK Tech

Scientists have completely rewritten the genetic code of a bacteria - and the next step might be to make something completely new, from scratch. In...

What is Gaucher Disease?

Elaine Benton | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

In my previous article I was remiss in mentioning that my husband was screened and thankfully found to be clear of the Gaucher gene, therefore our daughter is a normal healthy young woman who will never suffer from Gaucher disease. Genetic counselling and testing is recommended for families who may be carriers of the Gaucher gene.

Down's Syndrome Could Be 'Switched Off' Say Scientists

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 18.07.2013 | UK

A way to "switch off" the genetic defect responsible for Down's syndrome has been developed by scientists. The technique has only been tried on lab...

10 Hollywood Lessons on Evil Tech

Andrew Tipp | Posted 08.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Andrew Tipp

Movies have always cast predictions about the future of science and technology. Sometimes they conclude that the future's bright. Exciting. But most of the time? It's bleak. There's death. Destruction. Misguided Will Smith adaptations of classic novels. The conclusion we can draw from Hollywood about futuristic tech is that it's dark, dangerous and not to be trusted.

Britain Could Become First To Permit Three-Parent Babies

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.06.2013 | UK

Britain could become the first country in the world to permit babies to be born with three genetic parents by the end of next year. A landmark deci...

Taking a Healthy Look "Beyond the Genes"

Tony Lobl | Posted 21.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

Over several decades I've found that identifying ourselves in terms of such spiritual qualities can be liberating. It can loosen the grip of the conviction life is primarily shaped by material factors and bring out a sense of health, rather than sickness, being the divine default.

DNA Testing For Cancer 'Routine Within Five Years'

PA | Posted 28.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle

GPs could be routinely testing patients for their genetic risk of cancer within five years following a landmark study. The biggest investigation of...

Transplant of neck hair to create a new eyebrow

Dr Maurice Collins | Posted 20.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Maurice Collins

Eyes may be the windows of the soul but, when it comes to expressing our emotions, the eyebrows do it in one quick motion. But, this vital part of our...

Mental Illness: It's Not About Choice

Martha Roberts | Posted 19.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Martha Roberts

Choice is, "Shall we paint the bedroom blue or green?" or even "'Shall we start a family?" Choice is not, "Shall I have constant PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) flashbacks?", nor is it, "Shall I be bipolar and be so hard to live with that my partner leaves me?" It is also not, "Shall I feel so depressed that I'll think about ending it all?"

Could Your Shortsightedness Be Genetic?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Genetic clues to the cause of short-sightedness have been uncovered that could lead to new treatments. Scientists discovered 24 new genes that help...

Frankenstein Food? What About Frankenstein Himself?

Sophia Moseley | Posted 26.03.2013 | UK Tech
Sophia Moseley

The UN voted in favour of a ban on all human cloning but it was 'non-binding' so the UK continues to experiment with cloned embryos from which stem cells can be used to treat disease. However, 'reproductive cloning' was made illegal in the UK in 2001.

Today, I Realised That I am Going to Die (at Some Point)

Harry Davies | Posted 19.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Harry Davies

A few clicks later and I received my report. It turns out that the only area that I should improve is my eating and drinking. Less fat, less salt, cut down on drinking alcohol and eating cake. Eat more fruit and vegetables. Predictable.

Why I Want to Get Rid of My Breasts

Laura Price | Posted 31.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Price

I'll just come straight out with it: I want them gone. I don't mean I want to be flat-chested forever - I want a full reconstruction, but I want rid of my natural breasts and the risk of getting cancer again.

Schizophrenia: Does Talk of Genes and Brains Really Stop a Mother's Blame?

Dr Felicity Callard | Posted 06.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Felicity Callard

Brain and genetic disorders are no-one's fault:no-one, certainly not the family, is to blame. The concept of the guilt-ridden mother has been relegated to history books and horror movies... Or so the mental health establishment tells us.

A Patient Once Asked Me Could He 'Look Like Elvis?'

Dr Maurice Collins | Posted 01.10.2012 | UK
Dr Maurice Collins

Hair may look like a relatively simple structure, you see it every day, it's on your head, whereas in fact it is a very complex organ. It is an organ that reproduces itself approximately every three years which means that all the hair that is on your head today will in approximately three years time be completely gone and replaced by a whole new set of hair follicles!

We Shouldn't Dismiss Pedigree Dog Health Problems as 'Normal'

Helen Coen | Posted 08.08.2012 | UK
Helen Coen

Last week we were all shocked by the heartbreaking photos of Hope the dog who was found emaciated and half the weight she should have been. She was described by a vet as the thinnest dog she'd seen alive.