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Cracking the Covid code

Meet an Edinburgh PhD candidate tracking the pandemic’s mutations… A group of students at the University of Edinburgh are in the vanguard of the microscopic war against Covid-19, trying to head off its myriad mutations and give advance warning if the virus evolves into more contagious forms. It was these students who helped to find […]

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The next generation of CRISPR-Cas9 begins

Being only announced five years ago, CRISPR-Cas9 still feels like a revolutionary new technique – but the next generation of CRISPR-Cas9 technology has already been created. A team of scientists from the Broad Institute, the USA, headed by David Liu, have recently published research in Nature detailing their next step in CRISPR-Cas9 technologies; their attempt […]

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Mystery illnesses diagnosed through genome study

In 2003 a significant breakthrough was announced. The Human Genome Project  (HGP) had successfully read the entire genetic code of a human being, comprising 20,000 or so genes and the DNA in between. The HGP was a huge international collaboration, with the UK at the forefront, following in the footsteps of other British scientists who […]