Biologists pioneer first method to decode gene expression

Given the recent remarkable advancements in genetics, it's easy to assume that 21st century scientists have at their disposal a clear, quick way to run a genomic sequence scan and find out which genes among thousands can be expressed and which cannot. Gene expression is the process by which information encoded within genes leads to … Continue reading Biologists pioneer first method to decode gene expression

Intersex: Implications of Umbrella Terms in The Interest of Science.

The intersection of science and identity intensifies the complexity of the umbrella term DSD (Disorders of Sex Development)/Intersex. The interest of science to classify DSD/Intersex conditions to formulate evidence-based best practice has implications on personal identity. Fundamental to ethical decision-making in intersex is the right to choose one’s identity, which includes categorization within the umbrella … Continue reading Intersex: Implications of Umbrella Terms in The Interest of Science.

How science has shifted our sense of identity

Across the arc of the past 150 years, we can see both science and scientism shaping human identity in many ways. Developmental psychology zeroed in on the intellect, leading to the transformation of IQ (intelligence quotient) from an educational tool into a weapon of social control. Immunology redefined the ‘self’ in terms of ‘non-self’. Information … Continue reading How science has shifted our sense of identity

New Mutations Appear in the Sperm and Eggs of Parents

Although long established how age can play a part in the creation of sex variants, researchers have always refrained from blaming either parent outright insisting instead on a 50/50 approach (it keeps marriages together). But now it seems there's a third possibility, that of the fetus itself . What if sex chromosome variants weren't the … Continue reading New Mutations Appear in the Sperm and Eggs of Parents

The Genetic Origins of Sex Differences in Disease

It took almost 15 years for scientists to sequence and publish a complete accounting of the human genetic code — the 3 billion base pairs along the double strands of DNA that serve as a blueprint for the body’s functions and pass traits from parents to offspring. Now, approximately 15 years after the human genome … Continue reading The Genetic Origins of Sex Differences in Disease

People With Higher Empathy Process Music Differently In The Brain

Its a rare occasion in XXYland where parents are not talking about the heightened levels of empathy their XXY children process, the same is also true of XXY adults who rate traits of this nature as being major benefits of what it means to be XXY. This being so one can only surmise if the … Continue reading People With Higher Empathy Process Music Differently In The Brain

Do you speak open science? Resources and tips to learn the language

The internet era, large-scale computing and storage resources, mobile devices, social media, and their high uptake among different groups of people, have all deeply changed the way knowledge is created, communicated, and further deployed. These advances have enabled a radical transformation of the practice of science, which is now more open, more global and collaborative, … Continue reading Do you speak open science? Resources and tips to learn the language

A Tribute to Patricia Jacobs.

THE WILLIAM ALLAN MEMORIAL AWARDPresented to Patricia A. Jacobs, D.Sc., at the annual meetingof the American Society of Human GeneticsDallas, October 28-31, 1981.Introduction byJOHN L. HAMERTON The presentation of the William Allan Memorial Award is a special occasion each year for this Society. The award has been presented to distinguished human geneticists both from North … Continue reading A Tribute to Patricia Jacobs.

Meet The Neuroscientist Shattering The Myth Of The Gendered Brain

Why asking whether your brain is male or female is the wrong question. A PhD in physiological psychology and a focus on brain processes and schizophrenia followed. Today, the Essex-born scientist is a professor emeritus of cognitive neuroimaging at Aston University, Birmingham. Her brother is an artist. When she is not in the lab using … Continue reading Meet The Neuroscientist Shattering The Myth Of The Gendered Brain

Rosalind Franklin: Mars rover named after DNA pioneer

In 1952, Rosalind Franklin was at King's College London investigating the atomic arrangement of DNA, using her skills as an X-ray crystallographer to create images for analysis. One of her team's pictures, known as Photo 51, provided the essential insights for Crick and Watson to build the first three-dimensional model of the two-stranded macromolecule. It … Continue reading Rosalind Franklin: Mars rover named after DNA pioneer

Where Cells Start To ‘Read’ Genes Affects Health and Disease.

Genes contain all instructions needed to build an organism in form of DNA. Humans share around 99.5% of DNA, but it is the remaining 0.5% that contain the small genetic variations that make us unique. Subtle differences in genes can, for example, influence the colour of our hair or eyes. To build gene products, such … Continue reading Where Cells Start To ‘Read’ Genes Affects Health and Disease.

Why Wikipedia’s Medical Content Is Superior

In some ways, the fact that Wikipedia allows for speedy connections between topics should be obvious. After all, wiki is a Hawaiian word meaning quick. What’s perhaps less obvious is why that quickness provides value. Older doctors might suggest that today’s med students have it easy—so much medical knowledge is available on their phones! But the body … Continue reading Why Wikipedia’s Medical Content Is Superior

The Rights Of Children in Bio-Medicine. Challenges Posed by Scientific Advances and Uncertainties

Photo by JOSHUA COLEMAN The Committee on Bioethics of the Council of Europe commissioned this study to identify potential areas of heightened concern for the rights of children that may be unfavourably affected by scientific advances and uncertainties in biomedicine. This report is the result of that study. It provides substantive illustrations of the diversity of … Continue reading The Rights Of Children in Bio-Medicine. Challenges Posed by Scientific Advances and Uncertainties

The More Things Change, The Greater The Pace of Ignorance

If you've given any thought as to why the juggernaut of Virilisation continues unabated especially amongst a sex chromosome variant population like XXY, even though adults who have long been exposed have either never experienced the full impact or worse have experienced undesirable effects many of which have been a detriment to physical and mental … Continue reading The More Things Change, The Greater The Pace of Ignorance