Author: Buddhini Samarasinghe

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No Neuron is an Island

No neuron is an island. It comes as no surprise that the cells that are responsible for something as profound as our thoughts, feelings and movements require a lot of support and nurture. Neurons...

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Tear Down These Walls

This article originally appeared on the Nature Soapbox Science Blog on 21st August 2013. On a cold weeknight in late November, 1660, a dozen men gathered in the rooms at Gresham College in London...

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The Signatures of Cancer

The Sanger Institute has undertaken an ambitious project and the results have been published today in the journal Nature. You can read the original full text article here. In it, scientists studied genetic material...

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The Knockout Mouse

A few weeks ago someone asked me how researchers were able to create ‘designer’ animals with bits of their genetic code removed. It sounds like something from science fiction! We call these animals ‘knockouts’...