To many they’re vermin, and less salubrious neighbourhoods can be overcome by them. So it might seem strange that scientists would want to clone a rat. But Ralph’s creation was a significant achievement.
Unveiled in Italy in 2003, Prometea was the world’s first cloned horse. The female foal was the only one to survive to birth out of 841 embryos that were created.
It’s one of life’s most irritating problems – the common cold. No matter what drugs we throw it at, it just doesn’t seem to go away. Well its days may be numbered with the new understanding of the genetics of human rhinovirus (HRV).
Club foot is a common birth defect where one or both feet point downwards and inwards. A genetic basis has often been mooted, but now for the first time a gene has been discovered that has been linked to the condition.
Currently, testing for genetic disorders can only identify a very small percentage of the 15,000 known ones. However, a new test is on the horizon that has the potential to screen for nearly every kind of genetic disease.
Scientists have uncovered a critical genetic switch that helps cells to survive when they are deprived of oxygen. Although the work was carried out in fruit flies there could be an immediate application in humans where cells and tissues have been deprived of oxygen because of disease.
Are you trying to live a natural life devoid of chemicals and dyes? If so, you have probably head of henna…only, is it really any better for your hair than regular dye?
Bad body odor is an embarrassing problem. The pungent smells can usually be dealt with by good hygiene and deodorants. However, for people with the rare genetic disorder Trimethylaminuria (also known as Fish malodor & fish odor syndrome) no amount of cleaning or perfumes can help.
Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP) is a rare genetic disorder that affects approximately 1 in 2 million people. It’s a condition whereby the body grows an extra skeleton, which makes movement extremely difficult.
There is now increasing evidence that dyslexia could be something of a genetic disorder. A new discovery has located yet another gene variant that could be partly to blame for poor reading ability.
Incontinentia pigmenti, also known as Bloch-Sulzberger syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that’s characterised by a discolouration of the skin. It’s an X-linked dominantly inherited condition caused by mutations in a gene known as NEMO.
Forget an elixir of life or similar such lotions and potions, the secret to a long life may be locked up in the genes of worms. New research has identified a link between a gene associated with aging and a gene associated with some types of cancer.