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Genetics

Found in almost every organism, DNA provides instructions for creating the myriad of proteins that build an organism. A gene is a stretch of DNA which has the code to produce a particular protein and is passed on to the next generation during reproduction or to new cells during replication. Mistakes in the copying of genes or damage to the DNA code are called mutations and can lead to altered traits, which may then be selected for and lead to the evolution of a species.

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Since the discovery of DNA in 1953 we have known the importance of this simple molecule in making us who we are, but there are still plenty of things we don't know about genetics.
Delve deeper into genes

For the moment at least, it seems that ageing is an inevitable part of life. And yet scientists don't really understand how, or why, we age.
Delve deeper into aging

The Origins of Life - Where and how did life begin?
Delve deeper into origin of life

Whales; the majestic, mysterious mammals of the ocean.
Delve deeper into whales

Our immune systems are vital for our survival as they protect us from bacterial, viruses and other pathogens that could cause us harm. But sometimes, they can go wrong, and cause damage to our bodies.
Delve deeper into immune system

The ecosystem in your gut - how the microbiome might affect what we eat, what illnesses we get and whether we gain weight easily. How to change your microbiome and why it's such a fuzzy business.
Delve deeper into microbiome

Mental health problems have a huge impact on society, but are poorly understood.
Delve deeper into mental health

Our senses allow us to explore and interact with the world around us. Even the simplest living organisms have some way to sense their environment - and some animals can sense in ways we can't even imagine!
Delve deeper into senses
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There are many open questions surrounding vaccines – but perhaps not the first questions that come to mind. Vaccines do not cause autism, but there are many things we don’t know about them, such as why some wear off.
Delve deeper into vaccines

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Food for Thought; the Future of Global Food?
Wednesday 19th of August 2015
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Male vs Female Brains
Wednesday 15th of April 2015
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Alzheimer's disease - the causes and consequences
Monday 19th of January 2015
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The Secrets of Ageing
Monday 24th of March 2014
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What Can Our DNA Really Tell Us About Ourselves?
Tuesday 17th of September 2013
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Autism: There's Still So Much We Don't Know
Tuesday 20th of August 2013
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