genetics

Can our genes tell us our death date?

Another genetics story hit the headline this week.

A few weeks ago I reported that scientists were sequencing Ozzy Osborne’s genome to find out how the hell-raiser has managed to survive so long, now we hear that scientists have discovered a way of carrying out a genetic test to find out if you will make it past 100. More

Vampire biology

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Get ready for vampire mania as the new movie in the Twilight Saga – Eclipse, is premiering tonight in the USA.  It hits screens in the UK on July 9th so now is a perfect time to teach a little vampire biology.

The PowerPoint I have designed for this occasion contains two starters – one for KS3 and one for KS4/5. More

Festival science

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With Glastonbury commencing on Wednesday, the festival season is well and truly underway.  In this post I will attempt to use the famous music festival as a way of connecting exothermic reactions to Ozzy Osbourne (not literally).

Music festivals generally involve camping and camping involves heating food over naked flames next to a highly flammable nylon tent.  More

My two Mums

Embryo 8 cellsResearchers at Newcastle University have successfully created embryos that contain the DNA of three people.

It is hoped that within the next three years, this technique will be used to help women who have mutations in the DNA in the mitochondria, More

Multi-functional albino alligator

albino alligator

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Meet Alistair the albino alligator (he hasn’t actually got a name but I feel the need to give him one).

He is the latest animal to be homed at the South Carolina Aquarium in the USA.  As well as being a fascinating creature to observe, Alistair is living in an aquarium because of his poor chances of survival in the wild.   The website states that albino alligators only manage a mere 24 hours of life before being eaten by predators. More

New species of giant lizard discovered

Green tree monitor lizardI am always amazed at the biodiversity of life on Earth.  Just when you think we have discovered all there is, a news story like this comes along.

It is rare to find a new species of animal, especially one as large as this 2m long monitor lizard that has just been discovered in the Philippines. More