A matter of some controversy this week. You may have seen in the news lately that an ancient viking burial with all the trappings of an experienced warrior was shown to be that of a female. I first became aware of this story about a week ago when scientists in my Twitter feed started highlighting… Read More The Female Viking Warrior Controversy
Last week a paper was published in Nature (open access) that had me giddily excited. It was the latest article from the ExAC team and it promised to make for very interesting reading. ExAC is the Exome Aggregation Consortium and constitutes the single largest collection of exomes anywhere in the world. The exome is the… Read More ExAC and the Genetic Frontier
Today marks the 100th birthday of one of my heroes, Francis Crick. Along with the now pariah James Watson, Crick realised the structure of the DNA double helix in 1953, a discovery for which they shared a Nobel Prize in 1962. This structure is so fundamental to the function of biology’s most famous molecule that… Read More Francis Crick: Centenary
I came across an interesting paper in the BiorXiv yesterday. It was written by a group from the University of Wisconsin and concerns using DNA alignments between species as evidence for common ancestry between us and, indeed, every other organism to have ever lived. The reason this caught my eye is that this is one of… Read More New Test Backs Up Darwin’s Theory of Evolution
An interesting but slightly unsettling new use for genetics is beginning to emerge. There now exist companies that are offering to provide law enforcement agencies with a computer generated image of a person’s face based solely on their DNA. For me, the problem with this would be that we simply don’t have the knowledge to… Read More Have You Seen This Man?