Tom Shakespeare

On Gregor Mendel

On the discovery of the nature of inheritance When an obscure Augustinian monk read his paper on Experiments in Plant Hybridization at the Brno Natural History Society in 1865, nobody noticed.  The paper only received three citations over the following 35 years. But that monk, Gregor Mendel, had made a crucial breakthrough, the result of… Read More from On Gregor Mendel

Canaries in the coal mine

Later this year, the Department of Health will announce that a new screening technology, Non Invasive Prenatal Testing, or NIPT, will be offered as an additional test for Down syndrome and other conditions. NIPT is a simple blood test which works by detecting fragments of DNA from the placenta which are circulating in the mother’s… Read More from Canaries in the coal mine