Sunday, 8 February 2015

News Round-Up

Brrr! It's a cold Monday morning folks, so stick a fresh marshmallow in your hot chocolate and warm yourself brain-first with the highlights of last week's news. Of course, you can always catch up with the news on DKSJ on Paper.li.

[caption id="attachment_273" align="alignright" width="319"]It's pretty. The red flower of Sirdavidia solannona, Just one of the Sirdavidia genus. Photo credit: Thomas Couvreur, CC4.0.[/caption]

Woman becomes obese following a "poo transplant"

A woman has experienced significant weight gain after receiving a faecal transplant from her overweight daughter. The woman, who suffered from an antibiotic resistant Clostridium difficile infection, made a full recovery despite the massive weight gain. The incident raises questions on the impact our gut microbes have on human development. Read more on IFLScience and the BBC.

Marine extinction levels indicative of mass extinction

Scientists believe the number of marine species disappearing from Earth's oceans may be the precursor to a mass extinction event. Earth's oceans make up over 70% of the planet's surface, but what lies beneath is still largely a mystery. The recorded extinctions are only of known species and, if representative of the estimated unknown aquatic life, could be far higher. Read more on Science Nutshell.

Three-parent babies may end mitochondrial disease

The UK House of Commons voted to legalise the creation of fertilised eggs with three genetic parents. The revolutionary IVF treatment will use chromosomal DNA from the couple seeking treatment, and the mitochondrial DNA will come from a female donor. The treatment should help 150 couples a year conceive healthy children. Read more here and on the Guardian.

Sir David gets a plant genus named after him

Famed British naturalist Sir David Attenborough has had a rare new plant genus - a group of species that are closely related - named after him. The Sirdavidia genus of plants was found in Gabon, a country on the West coast of central Africa. it's believed to be the first genus named for the documentarian and broadcaster. Read more on the Guardian.

DNA you can set your watch to

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have put together a biological clock that accurately measures a person's age by looking at the chemical changes to their DNA that occurs naturally over time. They found those whose DNA was older looking than their actual age were more likely to die sooner. Read more on Science Daily.

That's a full lid on last week's news, again please check out my Paper.li which will update throughout the week with interesting science news stories as I find them.

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