Covid-19 Will Be Here For A Long Time
Evidence given recently to the House of Commons Health committee by the Director of the Wellcome Trust and others says that we will be living with Covid-19 for a very long time and for sure, most of the experts agree the virus will not be gone by Christmas. The government needs to open the economy and […]
What is COVID-19?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is caused by a novel RNA virus which has been named severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). You may also see reference to nCov, Wuhan Virus, coronavirus (there are several other types), novel beta coronavirus and 2019-nCov. This virus can lead to a life-threatening acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and […]
The Cytokine Storm
Molecular analysis of severely affected people is bringing much information to the fore and in the worse affected cases there seems to be a severe immune reaction, (at least part of) which is referred to as a cytokine storm. The result of this is the shutting down of the lungs and kidneys, which brings on […]
Continued Caution Required in the Workplace
Some countries, particularly in Western Europe are fortunately experiencing a decrease in new COVID-19 infections. Other parts of the world, notably the Americas, are less in control of the situation. Social distancing has been effective but the population are tiring of these restrictions and local outbreaks will unfortunately become more common. Economies have been […]
7 Frequently Asked Questions of a Geneblitz DNA Test
1. What is a Geneblitz DNA test? Our Geneblitz DNA test allows you to establish a biological relationship between individuals using the latest DNA technology. This test can only be used for your own personal information. If you require a DNA test to be used in legal proceedings, please contact us on 0191 543 6334. […]
Your genes may remain active after death
When we die it may be assumed that all bodily activity and functioning comes to a halt. However, new research has found that some of our cells may continue to function after death, and may even be more active! When a gene is switched on, a RNA transcript is formed. RNA is the blueprints for […]
Fresh vs frozen embryos – whats the difference?
When couples undergo the process of In Vitro Fertility (IVF), they have a lot of decisions to make. One of them being whether to use fresh or frozen embryos. So, whats the difference? In a fresh embryo cycle, women are given hormone treatments to help regulate their menstrual period, to stimulate multiple eggs and to help […]
The prevention of birth complications
Miscarriages, premature births and other birth complications such as pre-eclampsia affect many pregnant women in the UK. But, just what are these complications, how often do they occur and how can we avoid them? Miscarriage Miscarriage is the loss of a baby during the first 23 weeks of pregnancy. A miscarriage can be identified by […]
DNA Sequencing to Survey Ecosystems
The Mekong river is located in Southeast Asia. With an estimated length of 4,350km, it flows from the Tibetan Plateau through China’s Yunnan province, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, on its way to the South China sea. The Mekong basin is one of the richest areas of biodiversity in the world, second only to […]
Could the Revolution of New DNA Sequencing and Editing Technologies Bring Species Back from Extinction?
Rapid developments in genetic technologies including next-generation DNA sequencing and CRISPR, may make it possible for scientists to bring some extinct species back to life (de-extinction). A meeting held at the International Centre for Life in Newcastle (UK) in June 2015 brought together twenty-two scientists and other interested parties to discuss the possibility that the […]