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The quadruple helix: a new epigenetic marker?

We all know what DNA looks like, or do we? We take a look at why the quadruple helix can occur and how it could unlock new avenues for cancer therapy

Analysing the epigenome: a new way to screen for cancer

Could the DNA in our bloodstream provide a way to detect cancer? Recent research looks at a novel approach to screening through a new type of blood test
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What is functional genomics?

'Functional genomics' is a phrase that crops up frequently in discussion around genomics, but what does it actually mean?

Omics: A cut-out-and-keep guide

You might already know about the genome, but what of the other 'omes’ that affect our health – from the microbiome to the epigenome?

Let’s talk about (biological) sex

Sex as a biological variable has not always been factored in to medical research and practice. Will that change in the era of precision medicine?

A shot of young blood: from the divine to epigenomics

Exploring the evolution of the blood transfusion, from 17th century experiments to cell rejuvenating potential of new treatments

The omics revolution

Genomics is changing medicine, providing insight into diagnosis of cancer and rare disease - but what could other 'omics' sciences reveal?

Epigenetics – the real key to everything?

It isn't all in the code. Gene alterations play a part in disease, but gene expression may ultimately prove equally - if not more - important 

The genomics of growing old: why do we age differently?

Studies of the genome and epigenetics are revealing influences that can extend or accelerate lifespan