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...
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,...
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...
Has the DNA of gender dysphoria been identified?

Has the DNA of gender dysphoria been identified?

Could transgender men and women carry genetic variants that influence their gender identity? A biological basis for gender dysphoria may have been identified in a panel of genes, including the DNA involved in the development of nerve cells and the manufacture of sex...