Editorial: Fear unfounded

With Britain recently deciding to proceed with draft regulations on the mitochondria replacement technique for preventing women from transmitting mitochondrial disorders to their children, the method joins the list of revolutionary fertility and embryology tools that have come under opposition and criticism. In the recent past, the somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) method has faced … Continue reading Editorial: Fear unfounded

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Editorial: A giant leap in sequencing Neanderthal genome

Published in The Hindu on February 25, 2009 The successful completion of a rough draft of the Neanderthal genome — this is the first time that a genome of an extinct organism has been sequenced — marks a giant leap in evolution science. The announcement coincided with the 200th birth anniversary of Charles Darwin. The … Continue reading Editorial: A giant leap in sequencing Neanderthal genome

Unlocking the secrets of human evolution

Published in The Hindu on February 19, 2009 Preliminary study of the Neanderthal genome reveals many thousands of differences between the two closest relatives The genetic makeup of chimpanzees and modern humans differ by only 1 per cent. And in the case of Neanderthals, the difference is as small as 0.5 per cent. The rough … Continue reading Unlocking the secrets of human evolution