A new twist on the structure of DNA

A new twist on the structure of DNA

The double helix structure of DNA has been known to all since its discovery in 1953 by James Watson and Francis Crick. But now, scientists are scratching their heads as a new form of DNA has been found inside human cells. Named i-motif, the form looks more like a...
DNA tests could bring Devon pirate home

DNA tests could bring Devon pirate home

Blackbeard, Jack Sparrow and Captain Hook are well known pirates, but another name should be added to this list: Black Sam Bellamy. Called the most successful pirate of all time, experts believe his remains have been found in a shipwreck in the Cape Cod peninsula in...
Estonia to launch personalised DNA health test

Estonia to launch personalised DNA health test

The Estonian government has announced that it is to collect the DNA of 100,000 citizens to provide them with personalised health and lifestyle advice. Nearly 8% of the country’s 1.3 million population will be asked to supply samples for the state-funded €5 million...
Heroin deaths highest in seaside towns

Heroin deaths highest in seaside towns

Seaside resorts have the highest rates of death from heroin and morphine, according to figures released from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Of the 14 places with the highest such death rates, 10 are coastal communities. The rate in Blackpool, which topped...
DNA proves that cockroaches can survive anywhere

DNA proves that cockroaches can survive anywhere

Cockroaches are notorious for living in inhospitable places and being difficult to get rid of. Now, Researchers from the South China Normal University have sequenced their DNA to help understand what makes them so hardy. Not only can they withstand toxic environments,...
Could free heroin halt drug deaths?

Could free heroin halt drug deaths?

The rate of drug deaths in British Columbia, Canada, has been declared a public health emergency; and yet, Dundee has a higher rate of deaths from drug misuse. To help curb these rising drug death statistics, Scotland’s public health minister is now calling for...
All about prenatal DNA testing

All about prenatal DNA testing

Prenatal DNA testing (or prenatal paternity testing) is a method of identifying whether a man is a baby’s biological father before the baby is born. A baby inherits DNA from both of its parents. Prenatal paternity tests can identify if a man is the father of a baby by...