You won’t believe these three unexpected discoveries – and neither did the scientists who made them

Researchers at one of the UK’s leading genetics centres tell us about their serendipitous findings.

Wheat’s genetic secrets could lead to better, more resilient crops

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What Are Five Stages of Mitosis?

Divide and conquer!

Researchers complete 30% of the synthetic yeast chromosome — synthetic life is just around the corner

Immense potential in a small cell.

Climate change is reversing the sex of bearded dragons, a first

Rising temperatures are fundamentally changing the way Australia’s bearded lizards get their gender. Basically, the lizard’s sex is not dependent on their genes as before, but on temperature. In time, the male chromosome could disappear, as more and more females are bred – the preferred sex. What this means is that if temperatures reach a critical level, then the lizards could become extinct due to lack of males. This has never happened before and it’s as scary, as it is interesting.

New Imaging Technique Reveals the True Form of Chromosomes

The X-Shape in which we usually see chromosomes depicted in is only a snapshot of their real complexity – a new method for visualizing them showed. A joint project involving the Babraham Institute, the University of Cambridge and the Weizmann Institute has produced the most beautiful and accurate models of chromosomes available up to date. “The image of a chromosome,

Down Syndrome’s extra chromosome shut down in lab cells

The insertion of one gene can shut down the extra chromosome which causes Down Syndrome, according to a study published today in Nature. A dreadful disease Down Syndrome (DS), also known as trisomy 21, is a genetic disorder caused by the presence of all or part of a third copy of chromosome 21. It’s the most common chromosome abnormality in

Genetics might predict how long you’ll live. Trauma might shorten life span

Researchers at Duke University studied the telomeres – the tip of chromosomes that protect them  – in a group of children and found that those who had experienced trauma had their telomeres shorter than those that hadn’t. These chromosome tips, which can be viewed akin to shoelace tips, have been linked by scientists with aging and have been the subject

Men’s Y chromosome stands its ground – men aren’t going extinct!

Good news for men, and especially women: the Y chromosome, which holds the male sex determining genes in most mammals, including humans, is not going extinct, as some claim, as a new research found that the diminishing gene numbers have come to a halt and will remain this way. Sex chromosomes come in pairs, such men have X-Y and women