dna

Poverty ‘leaves a mark on 10 per cent of the the genome’

A new study byNorthwestern University in the US challenges prevailing understandings of genes as immutable features of biology that are…

New blood test could ‘transform’ cancer diagnosis

A new type of test can detect genetic mutations in minute amounts of DNA released from cancer cells into the…

Can having your DNA tested lead you to live a healthier life?

From a blood test to a stool analysis, measuring biochemical markers is a time-honoured way to assess health and enable…

17 May 2017

Think having your genome tested might be fun? Trust me, it’s terrifying

They say that curiosity killed the cat. Thanks to DNA testing kit 23 and Me, I now know this to…

8 Sep 2016

How did we become so blasé about sperm donation?

It’s a tricky thing asking for your money back when you’ve bought a baby. But some couples have tried to…

20 Apr 2016

Healthcare is about to undergo a revolution. Here’s what will change

Not everyone may have noticed, but we are living in a period of revolution — and it eclipses the industrial…

16 Mar 2016

Short men have been sold a tall story. Life chances aren’t dictated by height

Researchers at the University of Exeter have claimed that short men have ‘reduced chances in life’. The Napoleon complex, ran…

On genetics Oliver James is on a different planet to the rest of us

In reviews of his brilliant 2002 book The Blank Slate, which railed against the ‘modern denial of human nature’, Steven…

8 Mar 2016

Could your iron tablets be doing more harm than good?

Iron levels similar to those found in many standard treatments can trigger DNA damage in cells, according to new research…

Gene sequence linked to longer life and a reduced risk of cancer

According to a study published in The Journals of Gerontology, a DNA sequence variation allows certain individuals to live long…