Tom Gordon argues in favour of having our genome sequenced and Faiza Peeran argues against.
Two plays, two medical procedures, two women questioning what difference their choices can make when medical science seemingly has the power to erase the sins of the past and shield us against the dangers that lie ahead.
How much should we know about the genomes of our unborn children? Recent advances in prenatal testing have ethical implications …
Should we all be sequencing our own genomes? It’s often said that “it’s what’s inside that counts”. From a medic’s point of view, past the external stigmata of disease, this is widely true. For a geneticist it is sacred. Genomes constitute an entire instruction manual for building an organism. They contain hidden heirlooms from our […]
When midnight struck on the 17th August, most stoners were probabily blissfully unaware of the significance, as they rummaged through cupboards for food and listened to Pink Floyd at ear-bleeding levels. Science has always been pretty good mates with cannabis. At least unofficially, from the rambling philosophical chats about space and time, to just general ‘insight’ into the world […]
A multinational team of scientists has successfully sequenced the genome of woodland strawberries. Whilst these aren’t the kind of strawberries you can find in your local supermarket, understanding their genetic code still has huge potential. Not only are woodland strawberries closely related to their cultivated counterparts, they are also part of the same genetic family […]