New model predicts oesophageal cancer eight years early for half of all patients

DNA from tissue biopsies taken from patients with Barrett’s oesophagus – a risk factor for oesophageal cancer – could show which patients are most likely to

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Sept. 7, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: genetics cancer oesophageal-cancer

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

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Aug. 3, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: dna genetics cancer breast-cancer

Nature’s epidural: Genetic variant may explain why some women don’t need pain relief during childbirth

Women who do not need pain relief during childbirth may be carriers of a key genetic variant that acts a natural epidural, say scientists at the University of

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July 21, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: reproduction spotlight-on-neuroscience genetics pain childbirth

COVID-19: genetic network analysis provides ‘snapshot’ of pandemic origins

Study charts the “incipient supernova” of COVID-19 through genetic mutations as it spread from China and Asia to Australia, Europe and North America. Researchers say their methods could be used to help identify undocumented infection sources.  

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April 9, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: evolution genetics covid-19

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

Women in STEM: Dr Alexis Braun

Dr Alexis Braun is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Genetics. Here, she tells us about the importance of mentors, how her research might aid in conservation efforts, and how growing up in a First Nations community in Canada spurred her interest in biology. 

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Sept. 26, 2019 ~5 min

Tags:  reproduction  women-in-stem  genetics  crispr  biodiversity-conservation

‘Game-changing’ research could solve evolution mysteries

An evolution revolution has begun after scientists extracted genetic information from a 1.7 million-year-old rhino tooth – the largest and oldest genetic data to ever be recorded.  

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Sept. 11, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: ancient-dna evolution genetics

Genetic variation linked to response to anxiety could inform personalised therapies

A new study in marmoset monkeys suggests that individual variation in genes alters our ability to regulate emotions, providing new insights that could help in the development of personalised therapies to tackle anxiety and depression.

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July 1, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: spotlight-on-neuroscience genetics animal-research anxiety

Scientists find new type of cell that helps tadpoles’ tails regenerate

Researchers at the University of Cambridge have uncovered a specialised population of skin cells that coordinate tail regeneration in frogs. These ‘Regeneration-Organizing Cells’ help to explain one of the great mysteries of nature and may offer clues about how this ability might be achieved in mammalian tissues.

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May 17, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: genetics frog tadpole regenerative-medicine

Butterflies are genetically wired to choose a mate that looks just like them

Male butterflies have genes which give them a sexual preference for a partner with a similar appearance to themselves, according to new research.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Feb. 8, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: genetics butterfly mating-strategy insects

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