Choosing the traits of your children: a genetic testing panel discussion

Trinity’s Genetics Society host its final event of the year yesterday, March 15. A panel discussion entitled Ethics, Genetics & Preimplantation Genetic Testing, this event was led by speakers from four disciplines concerning the area of genetic testing and screening. These included both the ethical and legislation aspects of the issue.   The event began […]

Regenerative medicine and the role of chimeras

  Genetic Chimera   “A genetic chimera, in contrast, is just biological tissue that contains cells and DNA of multiple species.”   The complex terminology and nomenclature used by scientists is often criticised for being difficult to read or understand. Scientists can, however, face the opposite problem, where a simple term provokes suspicion or fear […]

Influence of selective breeding found on taxidermy goats

Trinity geneticists have found that modern day Irish goats lack genetic diversity due largely to intensive selective breeding that has been taking place over the past 200 years. The study is the first instance of taxidermy specimens being used to answer questions about livestock genetics.   The geneticists compared the mitochondrial DNA of modern day […]

Trinity researchers discover breakthrough with autism, epilepsy and schizophrenia

Researchers in Trinity’s department of genetics have isolated a short list of genes that could be responsible for a variety of neurodevelopmental disorders and diseases, including autism, epilepsy, schizophrenia and ADHD.   A team led by Professor Aoife McLysaght carried out the research and the findings will be published in the journal Nature Communications.   […]

Genes that make dogs a man’s best friend discovered

  “Studies have confirmed that dogs, like preverbal infants, are aware of the intentional dimension of communication, an interspecies social skill that not even apes possess.”   Have you ever felt as though your dog is trying to talk to you? Not in the literal sense of course (although sometimes I swear my dog actually […]

HFEA granted permission to genetically modify human embryos in the UK

Turlough discusses the possible research outcomes carried out by the pioneering developmental biologist Dr. Kathy Niakan.

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