Scientists have unlocked the secret to whole body regeneration

Scientists have unlocked the secret to whole body regeneration

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Humans genetic ability to regenerate body parts naturally was “turned off” millions of years ago, but now scientists have found a switch that turns it on – in worms.   When it comes to regeneration some animals are capable of amazing feats. For example, if...

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Scientists have reverse engineered the genome of a man who died 200 years ago

Scientists have reverse engineered the genome of a man who died 200 years ago

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many of today’s emerging technologies are aimed at keeping us alive, and helping edge us closer towards immortality, but what if we could bring our relatives back from the dead?   Hans Jonatan was born in the Caribbean in 1784, migrated to Iceland in 1802, and...

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Google’s AI is helping scientists unravel the mysteries of the human genome

Google’s AI is helping scientists unravel the mysteries of the human genome

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With the advent of personalised medicine and new revolutionary gene  treatments, being able to interpret and make sense of the vast volumes of human genomic data in order to better predict disease indicators and outcomes, and provide patients with better treatments, will become increasingly crucial....

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DNA encryption arrives to protect your genome from prying eyes

DNA encryption arrives to protect your genome from prying eyes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We are increasingly sharing our DNA data online, and sometimes you don’t want everyone to see everything, so now researchers have developed the world’s first DNA Encryption product.   When we talk about “security” it’s probably fair to say that not many people think about...

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Devastating bioweapon or humanity’s saviour? UN green lights the ‘Gene Drive’

Devastating bioweapon or humanity’s saviour? UN green lights the ‘Gene Drive’

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world’s most powerful genetic technology – one that could cure disease, and at the same time wipe out entire species in the blink of an eye – has just been green lighted by the UN, and now the genies about to come out of...

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Seahorse’s genome sequenced for the first time, unlocks weird mysteries

Seahorse’s genome sequenced for the first time, unlocks weird mysteries

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Researchers are using gene sequencing to unlock the mysteries of evolution and each new discovery helps us improve how we conserve the animals and plants that co-habit our planet   Male pregnancy. A long, tube shaped mouth with no teeth. A body covered with bony...

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World first as scientists sequence the genome of the Ash tree

World first as scientists sequence the genome of the Ash tree

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In recent years Ash trees have been decimated by ash dieback disease, now that scientists have sequenced their genome conservations can craft new ways to save them for future generations.   The genome of the Common Ash tree, fraxinus excelsior, has been sequenced for the first...

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