Genetics

Tumour Genome Evolution: A New Perspective

Natural selection shapes genomes to evolve and to adapt but, are the rules of natural selection also applying to cancer genome evolution? Researchers suggest negative selection acting on cancer-essential genes plays a more important role than previously anticipated. 

Weekend Reads

This week: Are we really running out of data storage? And can a deadly infection be genetic? You’ll also get a list of must-reads this summer… 

DNA Shed By Embryos Could Offer Non-Invasive Testing

A small pilot study presented at the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology 2018, suggest that DNA shed from early embryos could one day provide an alternative way of genetically testing them without having to do a biopsy. 

Making Pregnancy Safer

Non-Invasive Pre-Natal Testing (NIPT) has the potential of bringing safer pregnancy testing to the wider NHS, but not without its challenges.

Weekend Reads

This week: Reversed ageing, pig organs, the future of humankind and citizen scientists using genetics to solve past crimes.