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Iron Age study targets British DNA mystery

A project to sequence DNA from about 1,000 ancient remains could resolve a genetic mystery involving people from south-east Britain. A recent study showed that the present-day genetic landscape of Britain was largely laid down by the Bronze Age. But Prof David Reich told the BBC that this wasn’t the …

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More than half your body is not human

More than half of your body is not human, say scientists. Human cells make up only 43% of the body’s total cell count. The rest are microscopic colonists. Understanding this hidden half of ourselves – our microbiome – is rapidly transforming understanding of diseases from allergy to Parkinson’s. The field …

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Exercise benefits to the brain ‘may be passed on’

Physical and mental exercise has been found to be beneficial for our brains, but scientists have now found it could also improve the learning ability of our children. In a mouse study, researchers found the benefits gained from these activities were passed on to their offspring, despite not altering their …

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Why some cancers are ‘born to be bad’

A groundbreaking study has uncovered why some patients’ cancers are more deadly than others, despite appearing identical. Francis Crick Institute scientists developed a way of analysing a cancer’s history to predict its future. The study on kidney cancer patients showed some tumours were “born to be bad” while others never …

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Origin of ‘six-inch mummy’ confirmed

Tests on a six-inch-long mummified skeleton from Chile confirm that it represents the remains of a newborn with multiple mutations in key genes. Despite being the size of a foetus, initial tests had suggested the bones were of a child aged six to eight. These highly unusual features prompted wild …

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Origin of ‘six-inch mummy’ confirmed

Tests on a six-inch-long mummified skeleton from Chile confirm that it represents the remains of a newborn with multiple mutations in key genes. Despite being the size of a foetus, initial tests had suggested the bones were of a child aged six to eight. These highly unusual features prompted wild …

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