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Margaret Atwood: Plastics are poisoning us. We require change , now

Published in Odd and Fun on 19th September 2017

In a new series marking the 500 th anniversary of the Reformation, the novelist calls for a revolt against petrochemical polymers Ah, the Reformation. And then, unavoidably, the Counter-Reformation. We remember them, sort of, especially after reading Dissolution, CJ Sansoms detective thriller about the shutting down of and , not incidentally, the looting of rich […]

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Why do sheep get horny in winter? Because the light is baaad, says analyse

Published in Odd and Fun on 19th September 2017

Study may disclose why melatonin affects breeding, horn growth and coat thickness and allow farmers to change the timing of lambing season The mystery of why sheep get horny in the winter might have been solved, according to new research. Scientists say they have uncovered the key to the mechanism by which changes in the […]

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Why do sheep get horny in wintertime? Because the light is baaad, says survey

Published in Odd and Fun on 16th September 2017

Study may uncover why melatonin affects breed, horn growth and coat thickness and allow farmers to change the timing of lambing season The mystery of why sheep get horny in the winter might have been solved, according to new research. Scientists say they have uncovered the key to the mechanism by which changes in the […]

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Situs inversus and my ‘through the looking glass’ body

Published in Odd and Fun on 14th September 2017

My bodys organs are placed in mirror image to the norm. Its a rare condition, and has left me curious about its history and wider cultural implications What connects Catherine OHara, Enrique Iglesias, Donny Osmond, and me? At face value, at least , not a lot. Look beneath the scalp, however, and you would find […]

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‘ There was nothing incorrect with my spouse- it was me ‘: the men waking up to fertility problems

Published in Odd and Fun on 13th September 2017

Men have all the time in the world to have a baby, right? Not according to recent research. Gratify a new generation who are freezing their sperm and combating their biological clocks Myles Elton was 21 when medical doctors told him he might never have children. He and Erin were teenage sweethearts and had married […]

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Researchers get green light to genetically modify human embryos

Published in Odd and Fun on 7th September 2017

Scientists investigating miscarriage will not be able to implant embryos or examine them for more than 2 week, tells HFEA Britains first genetically modified human embryos could be created within months, after scientists were granted permission to carry out the controversial procedure in a landmark decision by the fertility regulator. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology […]

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Scientists induced babies from mouse skin cells

Published in Odd and Fun on 7th September 2017

A group of Japanese scientists fromKyushu University has successfully turned mouse skin cells into newborn mice without the use of egg cells. The technology skips over the usual method of fertilizing egg cells with sperm and instead uses a technique to grow the cells withthe necessary chromosomal pairsneeded for life to begin. This is the […]

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Inside the’ black box’ of human growth

Published in Odd and Fun on 5th September 2017

Researchers will soon have the means to study embryos beyond the 14 -day legal limit. Does the potential for advances in medicine outweight ethical fears? It is not birth, marriage or demise, but gastrulation that is truly the most important time in your life. When the eminent embryologist Lewis Wolpert wrote these words 30 years […]

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The infertility crisis is beyond doubt. Now scientists must find the cause

Published in Odd and Fun on 29th August 2017

News last week that sperm counts in western humen have halved corroborated what experts already knew. The real problem is that no one knows why The topic has become the mainstay of dystopian science fiction. Our world is afflicted by widespread infertility and childless civilisations are left hovering on the brink of collapse. Children of […]

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Proof suggests women’s ovaries can grow new eggs

Published in Odd and Fun on 27th August 2017

Discovery challenges notion that females are born with a fixed number of eggs, and creates prospect of therapies which would allow older women to conceive Scientists have uncovered the first evidence that the human ovary may be able to grow new eggs in adulthood. If corroborated, the discovery would overturn the accepted view that women […]

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