World’s largest ever DNA sequencing of Viking skeletons reveals they weren’t all Scandinavian

Invaders, pirates, warriors – the history books taught us that Vikings were brutal predators who travelled by sea from Scandinavia to pillage and raid their

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Sept. 16, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: ancient-dna dna viking

Four-stranded DNA structures found to play role in breast cancer

Four stranded DNA structures – known as G-quadruplexes – have been shown to play a role in certain types of breast cancer for the first time, providing a

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Aug. 3, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: dna genetics cancer breast-cancer

Genomes front and centre of rare disease diagnosis

Cambridge-led study discovers new genetic causes of rare diseases, potentially leading to improved diagnosis and better patient care.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
June 24, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: dna health genome genome-sequencing rare-diseases

Blood test to monitor cancer up to ten times more sensitive than current methods

A new method of analysing cancer patients’ blood for evidence of the disease could be up to ten times more sensitive than previous methods according to new

Cambridge University News • cambridge
June 17, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: dna health cancer blood blood-test

Identification of viruses and bacteria could be sped up through computational methods

A new multinational study has shown how the process of distinguishing viruses and bacteria could be accelerated through the use of computational methods.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
March 30, 2020 ~4 min

Tags:  dna  physics  genome  bacteria

Detailed genetic study provides most comprehensive map of risk to date of breast cancer risk

A major international study of the genetics of breast cancer has identified more than 350 DNA ‘errors’ that increase an individual’s risk of developing the disease. The scientists involved say these errors may influence as many as 190 genes.

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Jan. 7, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: dna genetics cancer breast-cancer

DNA from 31,000-year-old milk teeth leads to discovery of new group of ancient Siberians

Two children’s milk teeth buried deep in a remote archaeological site in north eastern Siberia have revealed a previously unknown group of people lived there during the last Ice Age.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
June 5, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: ancient-dna dna human-evolution archaeology

‘Fingerprint database’ could help scientists to identify new cancer culprits

Scientists in Cambridge and London have developed a catalogue of DNA mutation ‘fingerprints’ that could help doctors pinpoint the environmental culprit responsible for a patient’s tumour – including showing some of the fingerprints left in lung tumours by specific chemicals found in tobacco smoke.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
April 16, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: spotlight-on-stem-cells dna spotlight-on-cancer cancer smoking

Ancient DNA analysis unlocks secrets of Ice Age tribes in the Americas

Scientists have sequenced 15 ancient genomes spanning from Alaska to Patagonia and were able to track the movements of the first humans as they spread across the Americas at “astonishing” speed during the last Ice Age, and also how they interacted with each other in the following millennia.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Nov. 9, 2018 ~8 min

Tags: ancient-dna dna evolution human

Studies raise questions over how epigenetic information is inherited

Evidence has been building in recent years that our diet, our habits or traumatic experiences can have consequences for the health of our children – and even our grandchildren. The explanation that has gained most currency for how this occurs is so-called ‘epigenetic inheritance’ – patterns of chemical ‘marks’ on or around our DNA that are hypothesised to be passed down the generations. But new research from the University of Cambridge suggests that this mechanism of non-genetic inheritance is likely to be very rare.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Oct. 30, 2018 ~9 min

Tags: dna genetics animal-research epigenetics

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