Mendel: influence and inheritance

We celebrate the father of genetics’ 200th birthday and explore the ways his influence still extends through to us today

Inversions explained

We dive into inversions, how they impact on health and what new research has revealed about their role in the genome
Lists of genomic bases: A, T, G and C

Repeat after me: what are repeat expansion disorders?

We learn how repeating sequences in our DNA can impact on health and how genome sequencing can make a diagnostic difference
3D render of a chain of molecule

Reading DNA - where to start?

This week, we learn all about directionality in DNA and why it matters
Old pictures in a pile. No recognisable faces or text.

DTC testing: time to step in?

As DTC testing becomes more accessible and popular than ever, we ask whether more regulatory work could – and should – be done 
Render of coronavirus, mRNA and syringe

Why mRNA vaccines aren't gene therapies

We bust another Covid-19 myth – this time about how mRNA vaccines work – in our latest blog post

Haplotypes: a cut-out-and-keep guide

Although ‘haplo' means 'simple', the science can be anything but. Find out what’s hap-pening with haplotypes in our guide
3D render of a DNA helix

What is genomic imprinting?

We explore one type of epigenetic modification, its function in our genome and the rare conditions that have been linked to it
DNA being transcribed to mRNA by the RNA polymerase, and several enzymes within the nucleus of a cell

RNA-based therapies: two types explained

What are RNA therapies and how are they used? We compare the two licensed types – antisense and RNA interference – to find out more

What are copy number variants?

Everyone has unique variants in their genome - and many are harmless - but which types can have an impact on our health and how do they occur?

We all have 'the breast cancer gene'

You’ve seen the headlines and heard people talk about having ‘the gene for’ x, y or z – but do you know the facts behind the headlines?

What is whole exome sequencing?

Following the recent NHS announcement that WES will be used for critically ill babies and children, we explore what it is and the benefits it could bring