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Podcast: Rare genetic disorders and pregnancy—Navigating an ’emotionally challenging’ journey

We look at the progress that’s been made in tackling rare genetic disorders (and the challenges that remain) and we ...
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Podcast: Rebel Cell: Cancer, evolution and the science of life

Geneticist Dr Kat Arney brings you exclusive excerpts from her new book Rebel Cell, exploring where cancer came from, where ...
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Podcast: From the Black Death to COVID-19—Investigating the ancient war between genes and disease

Kat Arney looks at the ancient war between our genes and the pathogens that infect us, from the Black Death ...
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Evolutionary puzzle: Why do fraternal twins exist?

The chances of having fraternal twins changes with maternal age and is heritable ...
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Flood-proof crops? Plants engineered to grow taller may survive unstable environments

Stature matters to plants. Short crops can carry more grain without bending under their own weight—a key trait that helped ...
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Podcast: Let the light shine—Tackling eye disease with gene therapy

Researchers are bringing discoveries about the underlying genetic faults that cause eye diseases all the way through to game-changing gene ...
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Genetics and race: An awkward conversation during volatile times

Discussing inter-group divergence is largely taboo. So do we just ignore the deluge of data? ...
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Viewpoint: Genetics research was supposed to change human health. Is it time to reconsider investments in the field?

Since its birth 30 years ago, proponents of the Human Genome Project have promised that genetics research would yield untold ...
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Viewpoint: We can’t blame genetics for government ‘indifference, missteps and political calculations’ in COVID-19 deaths

The influx of geneticists studying Covid-19 is good news; brilliant minds that examine a problem from different perspectives is our ...
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Podcast: The dark connection between cancer research and the eugenics movement

Exploring how the stories of the 'cancer ladies' - Maud Slye and Pauline Gross - intersect with the eugenics movement ...
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Podcast: Out standing in the field – the highs and lows of fieldwork

We talk to the researchers studying genetics and evolution in action, from chasing butterflies up mountains to artificially inseminating kakapos ...
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Do our genes affect vulnerability to the coronavirus?

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic several months ago, scientists have been puzzling over the different ways the disease ...
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Genetic tracking helps contain Ebola outbreaks. Why hasn’t it worked with the coronavirus?

The first sign that viral genomics might transform epidemiology came in the wake of the 2013-16 Ebola epidemic in West ...
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Searching coronavirus patient DNA to learn why some people are hit harder than others

Among the many mysteries that remain about COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, is why it hits some ...
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Searching for genetic fountain of youth? Study suggests we’ll never find a ‘longevity gene’

What do naked mole rats, elephants, bats and whales have in common? They are all exceptionally long-lived mammals, and recent ...
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Can genetics explain the degrees of misery inflicted by the coronavirus?

“The single biggest threat to man's continued dominance on the planet is the virus.” Joshua Lederberg, Nobel Prize in Physiology ...
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What’s ‘race’ got to do with it? Most of sub-Saharan Africa emerges as coronavirus ‘cold spot’, which may offer clues to finding COVID-19 vaccine

Do diseases discriminate on the basis of 'race'—or their genetic population, using more precise terminology? On the surface, this may ...
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Studying the African genome could yield new medical treatments for everyone

A broader range of populations should be investigated to avoid genomic medicine being of benefit merely to a privileged few ...
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Podcast: Can you inherit more than half your genes from one parent? Debunking genomic myths and misconceptions

Is there such a thing as a perfect genome? Kat Arney explores the myths and misconceptions about genetics, genomics and ...
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Searching for your doppelgänger: Why it’s not so unusual to find a twin

The global reach of the web has allowed people to find others who look like an identical twin, yet share ...
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Viewpoint: Don’t expect genetic matchmaking to help you find your Valentine

Genetic matchmaking is entering the mainstream. The prospect of meeting and selecting potential romantic partners based upon purported DNA compatibility ...
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Podcast: The phrase ‘Who’s Your (Grand) Daddy’ has shocking relevance to Jack Nunn, as the Australian geneticist learns of his surprising link to Britain’s most notorious ‘sperminator’

Consumer genetic tests are becoming widespread - but what happens when an innocent investigation reveals dark family secrets? ...
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Should parents be allowed to choose a child’s sexual orientation through gene editing?

Where do our sexual preferences come from? Most of us don’t stop to ponder, simply because there’s no need to ...
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Can we find the keys to drug abuse, opioid addiction in our genes?

We still have much to learn about genetics, addiction, and even the brain itself ...
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How the pursuit of better education, career opportunities may be creating regional genetic inequalities

Highlighting non-ancestral genetic differences could be an important step in alleviating the harmful results of social stratification ...
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Can DNA predict a person’s facial features? New forensic tool gets us closer, by deducing hair, eye and skin color

Could DNA testing predict faces to go with found body parts? ...
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Mystery illness leads boy’s family on lengthy quest for genetic answers that ends ‘after a lucky accident’

When Alex Yiu was born 14 years ago, he seemed like a typical healthy kid. But when he turned 2, ...
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Podcast: Nobel prize winner Sir Paul Nurse on his ‘barking mad’ discovery of the genes responsible for cell division

Leading geneticist and Nobel prizewinner Sir Paul Nurse reveals the audacious experiment that everyone said was crazy ...