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Chickens give new genetic insights into Marek's disease and human cancers

A study from The Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh and the Institute for Animal Health has discovered genes that affect susceptibility of chicken to Marek's disease and the tumour growth as the result of the infection.
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Hardworking sisters enable insect colonies to thrive

In highly organised insect societies, such as those of bees, wasps and ants, only females raise the colony’s young. This phenomenon had previously been attributed to their instinctive drive to help individuals with whom they share more genes. The unusual genetics of these species mean that females are more closely related to their sisters than other relatives.  Read more »

Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go brings a whole new meaning to 'organ donation'. Narrated by 31 year old Kathy as she looks back on her school days at Hailsham, author Kazuo Ishiguro explores a dark and distorted version of the modern world. The students at Hailsham are organ donors; cloned to provide spares until the day that they 'complete'.

This book highlights the social implications of human cloning, as it explores the students’ lack of understanding and realisation behind their being, as well as the public reactions to it: “Art students, that’s what she thought we were. Do you think she’d have talked to us like that if she’d known what we really were?” Read more »

Ironing the oceans

The year is 2200. Amidst gusting winds, churning waves, and across vast expanses of the stormy Southern Ocean, ships carrying teams of scientists and engineers stake out their territory, preparing to release hundreds of tons of iron dust into the sea in an effort to save the planet.

Could this be the start of the next Armageddon sci-fi flick, or a clever, realistic and economically lucrative solution to managing global warming? Due to the scarcity of scientific data about the long-term effects and effectiveness of the method, a debate rages among environmentalists, scientists, and private companies as to whether dumping iron into international waters would reverse global warming or cause irreparable damage to the Earth's ecosystem. Read more »

New Alzheimer’s Treatments made Possible by Novel Study

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have identified the role of an enzyme which helps control brain activity. The findings, published in the renowned journal Nature Neuroscience, may pave the way for new treatments for Alzheimer’s and epilepsy. Read more »