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Clinical Genetics

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Cracking the code

Every year, thousands of children are born with health problems that are caused by changes to their DNA sequence, or genetic code. These changes might have been inherited from their parents, who are often unaffected themselves, and therefore have no idea of what they might be passing on to their children – and therefore, understandably, … Continue reading

How students see scientists: Part XII

The WIMM plays host to many students over the course of the summer months, offering them a valuable insight into the life of a scientist, and introducing them to fundamentally important concepts and techniques in the lab. In this post, Rahul Shah, a medical student about to start the third year of his degree at … Continue reading

It’s not all about sex: there’s a biological clock ticking in fathers too

It is well known that as a woman ages, the number and quality of eggs that she produces declines – making it more challenging to conceive later in life, and increasing the risk of difficulties during pregnancy. But what about men? In a recent study published in PNAS, a team of Wellcome Trust-funded scientists led … Continue reading

Making faces: New insights into craniofacial malformations

Craniofacial malformations, i.e. those that affect the head and face, make up over one-third of all congenital birth defects. These types of abnormalities can also have the greatest impact on patients, who often have concerns about their appearance that can have a significant impact on their quality of life. Professor Andrew Wilkie has been part … Continue reading

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