Tag: genetics

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The plant whose sex life fascinated Charles Darwin

Genetic transformation of the Common Primrose (primula vulgaris) could inform researchers even more about one of the world’s most renowned reproductive systems. The primrose has one of the best examples of heteromorphic flower development in the agricultural world. Heteromorphic flower development is a phenomenon where plants ‘exhibit two or three distinct forms of flowers based…

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Genetics research ‘biased towards studying white Europeans’

Professor David Curtis, a geneticist and psychiatrist from University College London, has raised an issue concerning the heavy bias within genetic research towards white Europeans. Prof Curtis claims that the utilisation of white European samples for genetic tests are insignificant when applied to other ethnic minorities because of genetic variation between ethnicities. Curtis wrote a…

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge results in breakthrough

The Ice Bucket Challenge, a fund-raising craze that took the Internet by storm in 2014, has led to a major breakthrough by aiding the discovery of a gene variant associated with the motor neurone disease. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease, which affects neurons in the brain and spinal cord. Patients often lose…

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EU parliament changes rules on GM crops

Last Tuesday the EU parliament voted for a piece of legislation that grants all the states in the EU more freedom over the way they deal with genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Member states will in fact henceforth be allowed to ban or approve the cultivation of GM crops in their territories. GMOs cultivation is perhaps…

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