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BioNews Comment articles written by Professor Marilyn Monk:

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Synthesising a DNA genome is a major feat but is it creating new life?
1 June 2010 - by Professor Marilyn Monk
Craig Venter and colleagues recently published their work on a synthesised life form. Once again scientists are charged with playing God and the associated hype and scaremongering promise cures and treatments for all sorts of human and planetary ailments, threaten a future of unknown dangers from genetically manipulated life forms, and demand a re-analysis of the meaning of life and God.... [Read More]
The new epigenetics
9 November 2009 - by Professor Marilyn Monk
All cells in the body have the same complement of 25000 genes, yet different cells in different specific tissues - such as nerve, muscle or gut - have different characteristics phenotype. It follows that different subpopulations of genes within cells of differing function must be active or silenced depending on requirements for function in a particular tissue. Obviously, there will be genes concerned with metabolism, growth, and cell division - the so-cal