Monthly Archives: December 2005

Seasons Greetings

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our readers. See you in 2006.

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Research faked

Hwang Woo-suk did publish “intentionally fabricated” research results, according to a panel from his university. S Korea cloning research was fake. Stem cell research faked? Cloner resigns

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Mansion for DNA

Sir Benjamin Slade is looking for a relative to take over his 13th century, 16 bedroom Somerset mansion, complete with 1300 acres of land, so that he can move into a council house. The only conditions are that the new … Continue reading

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Northampton sculpture

Earlier this month, a new statue was unveiled in Northampton, in recognition of Francis Crick, who was born in Weston Flavell, Northampton. Sculpture celebrates DNA pioneers DNA statue in Cambridge

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Osteoarthritis

Stem cells harvested from adult bone marrow have been grown in a laboratory into cartilage. This cartilage should overcome the problems of rejection, because it is grown using the stem cells of the person into whom it is to be … Continue reading

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Fighting infection

Of the ten variants of mitochondrial DNA, the most common, and most recent is Haplogroup H, which is carried by about 40% of all people. Someone who inherited this mitochondrial DNA variant from their mother is at the same risk … Continue reading

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It’s amazing what genetics can do

Researchers have discovered that lice borne diseases, such as typhus, were responsible for the deaths of many of Napolean’s Grand Armee as it retreated from Russia following the 1812 campaigns. Lice ‘undermined Napolean’s army’ Decoding of mammoth mitochondiral DNA has … Continue reading

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Skin colour

SLC24A5 is the gene that accounts for 38% of variation in skin colour in humans. People of European descent have a mutated version of SLC24A5 that produces a lighter skin pigmentation. There is the potential for this knowledge to be … Continue reading

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Stem cell research faked?

Hwang Woo-suk and colleagues had a paper on cloning published in ‘Science’ in June 2005. One of the collaborators, Roh Sung-il, now claims that nine of the 11 stem cell colonies used in the paper were faked. Last month, Hwang … Continue reading

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Human Genetics Commission

Three pieces of news from the Human Genetics Commission (HGC). 1) They have a new address. The Human Genetics Commission, 6th Floor North, Wellington House, 133-155 Waterloo Road, London. SE1 8UG Tel: 020 7972 4351: Fax: 020 7972 4300: Web: … Continue reading

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