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Genetics and the contraceptive pill

Charlotte Guzzo Published on 2017-09-20

The contraceptive pill has become the most widely used form of contraception in the western world, with over 12 million users in the US alone. However, a large number of women...

First 'SNP of the day'

Patrick Short Published on 2017-09-10

SNP (pronounced 'snip') stands for 'single-nucleotide polymorphism'. It is a genetics term for a site in DNA that varies within a population...

How do scientists find genes that cause diseases?

Kinjal Desai Published on 2017-11-05

How do scientists find genes that cause diseases?

BRCA: The breast cancer genes

Daniel Verduzco Published on 2017-10-18

The discovery of the BRCA genes and its implications for breast cancer prevention

Can genetics settle the Marmite debate?

Patrick Short Published on 2017-09-09

Just to get a disclosure out of the way, I think Marmite is really gross. Most people (if they live in the United Kingdom) have tried Marmite and have a strong opinion on the issue.

Why are there no real life superheroes?

Patrick Short Published on 2017-08-19

The X-men, humans who are born with genetic mutations that give them superhuman abilities, have captured the imagination of millions of people. Why are there no real life X-men?

Genetics 101

Patrick Short Published on 2017-08-19

Every living organism, from the simplest bacteria to the emotional sack of cells we call humans, carries an instruction manual in every cell. This, of course, is DNA...

Forever young?

Patrick Short Published on 2017-08-16

The 'secret' to long-life can take many forms. Royal jelly and bee pollen, scraped from the bottom of the honeycomb is believed by some...

Introduction to Personal Genomics

Patrick Short Published on 2017-07-01

The field of 'personal genomics' is dedicated to analyzing and interpreting the genome of a single individual. This interpretation and analysis may include diagnosis...