The future of fingerprinting
Our genes are our unique calling card, and DNA analysis has been used to solve crimes and resolve paternity disputes for decades. Now new genetic technology promises to revolutionise medicine. Plus, we meet the man who invented genetic fingerprinting, discuss Angelina Jolie’s breasts, and savour a cheesy gene of the month.
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Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys, the inventor of DNA fingerprinting, explains where he thinks the technology is heading
Angelina Jolie announced she has had a double mastectomy after learning she has an 87 per cent risk of breast cancer.
Mutant mosquitoes have lost their sense of smell, potentially leading to new repellents.
An international team have tracked down a gene fault responsible for the heart defect known as a "hole in the heart"
US scientists have found a number of new gene faults linked to a type of motor neurone disease known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease.
Could Mr Spock's Tricorder device be the future of bedside genetic technology?
I understand about dominant and recessive genes in such things as eye colour, but was wondering how it is that if a black and a white person have a child together it would be brown? Also, what causes 'marbled' skin colour that you see quite rarely on some people?
Our gene of the month has a rather cheesy flavour.