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Double helix

The 3D structure of DNA, the chemical that encodes genetic information. Two strands of DNA stick together into a 'twisted zip' structure, in which pairs of chemical bases (A-T and C-G) make up the teeth of the zip.



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Podcast Review: The Life Scientific - Jennifer Doudna

25 September 2017 - by Rikita Patel

The new era of gene technology presents an exciting approach to treat deleterious, inherited genetic conditions. Presenter Jim Al-Khalili talks to Professor Jennifer Doudna, from her early life to her research into molecular biology, to the development of the CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing system... [Read More]

Event Review: Wellcome Collection Packed Lunch - DNA Repair

17 July 2017 - by Charlotte Spicer

It’s not often a PhD student finds themselves with a whole hour to break for lunch. So when asked to review one of the Wellcome Trust’s 'Packed Lunch' talks, I jumped at the chance to make better use of some rare free time. The monthly event, situated at the Euston-based Wellcome Collection, promises to feed your curiosity... [Read More]

How new 'molecular scissors' may give crisper CRISPR

10 July 2017 - by Rikita Patel

Researchers have revealed the structure and action of a new type of 'molecular scissors' known as Cpf1, which may improve CRISPR genome editing.

If you could alter the characteristics of future generations, would you do it?

22 May 2017 - by Dr Peter Mills

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics is seeking views on the reproductive uses of genome editing in humans. Regular readers of BioNews will know that genome editing (including with the CRISPR-Cas9 technique) offers a way of making precisely targeted modifications to DNA in living cells, harnessing the cells’ inbuilt repair mechanisms to repair a deliberate, double-stranded DNA break in a way that may either disable or introduce a functional DNA sequence... [Read More]

Genetic basis of schizophrenia unfolds

24 October 2016 - by Isobel Steer

Scientists using a new 3D chromosome-mapping technique have uncovered a genetic connection between schizophrenia and early fetal brain development ... [Read More]

CRISPR upgrade promises single-letter gene editing

25 April 2016 - by Dr Özge Özkaya

Scientists have fine tuned the genome-editing tool CRISPR so that it can now edit a single 'letter' of DNA... [Read More]

BRCA1 link to Alzheimer's disease

07 December 2015 - by Chris Hardy

Scientists have identified a link between the product of the BRCA1 gene, variants which can cause breast and ovarian cancer, and Alzheimer's disease... [Read More]

Theatre Review: Photograph 51

19 October 2015 - by Daniel Malynn

Making her triumphant return to the London stage after 17 years, Nicole Kidman stars as Rosalind Franklin, the scientist whose pioneering work led to the discovery of the double-helix structure of DNA... [Read More]

Nobel Prize for DNA repair scientists

12 October 2015 - by Dr James Heather

The 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to scientists who discovered the cellular mechanisms for repairing damaged DNA... [Read More]

Radio Review: FutureProofing - Life

21 September 2015 - by Dr Ross Cloney

The key question of the 21st century may turn out to be: 'Who are we and what will we become?' This question and the implications of its potential answers are explored in 'FutureProofing: Life', which sets out to understand the field of synthetic biology... [Read More]

Radio Review: Science Stories - DNA's Third Man

20 July 2015 - by Paul Waldron

'Do you know who Maurice Wilkins is?' I put this question to a number of my friends, most of them scientists, and got a series of blank looks. Only one knew who he was, and she had a degree in the history and philosophy of science... [Read More]

US scientists to write CRISPR 'rulebook'

26 May 2015 - by Ceri Durham

Scientists will gather in the USA later this year to produce ethical guidelines on the use of human gene-editing techniques such as CRISPR/Cas9.... [Read More]

James Watson sells DNA discovery Nobel prize for $4.1 million

08 December 2014 - by Ari Haque

James Watson, the co-discoverer of the DNA double helix structure, has auctioned off his gold Nobel Prize awarded for the discovery for over £3 million.... [Read More]

Book Review: The Man in the Monkeynut Coat - William Astbury and the Forgotten Road to the Double-Helix

04 August 2014 - by Rhys Baker

This story about the forgotten road to the double helix argues that William Astbury deserves the same recognition as Crick and Watson. It is a very persuasive argument... [Read More]

Farewell from me and welcome to Fiona Fox

16 June 2014 - by Professor Marcus Pembrey

When the Progress Educational Trust - the UK charity that publishes BioNews - emerged from the Progress Campaign for Research into Human Reproduction in 1992, I had no idea that I would end up chairing the Trustees for 20 of the last 22 years!... [Read More]

Event Review: The Compatibility Gene

31 March 2014 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz

Professor Daniel Davis began his lecture at the Royal Institution by introducing 'the compatibility genes', the DNA components that vary the most from person to person. Unlike many of us would expect, these genes are not responsible for features such as skin or hair colour. This engaging lecture tells their story.... [Read More]

Accurate editing of human DNA now possible, say scientists

11 November 2013 - by Dr Anna Cauldwell

A molecular technique that enables any part of the human genome to be altered with extreme precision has been hailed by scientists as a breakthrough in genetics... [Read More]

Radio Review: The Life Scientific - Dr Ewan Birney

24 June 2013 - by Dr James Heather

Big data, open science, and DNA a-go-go; last week's broadcast of The Life Scientific looked to have it all... [Read More]

Cancer treatment should be based on gene 'fingerprints', says study

07 May 2013 - by Suzanne Elvidge

Genetic analysis of tumours provides the key to treating them effectively, according to two studies carried out by The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA).... [Read More]

Crick Cambridge college commemoration

29 April 2013 - by Purvi Shah

A memorial to Francis Crick has been unveiled at his former college at the University of Cambridge to mark the 60th anniversary of the publication of the structure of DNA... [Read More]

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02 July 2009 7.45pm Pleasance Cabaret Bar, 60 The Pleasance, Edinburgh EH8 9TJ, UK
A night of literary mayhem featuring original stories that give the double helix an extra twist...


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