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Red hair is here to stay - 'extinction of the ginger gene' story is just bad science

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UCL Honorary Professor Debbie Kennett follows in the path of Professors David Balding and Mark Thomas (UCL Genetics) by debunking the promises of simple interpretations of DNA and ancestry. Read: Guardian

Same genes 'drive maths and reading ability'

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Research led by Dr Oliver Davis (UCL Genetics) finds that around half of the genes that influence a child's aptitude for reading also play a role in how easily they learn maths, suggesting that hundreds of subtle DNA changes in genes combine to help shape a child's performance in both. Read: Guardian, More: BBC NewsTelegraphTimes (£), TES, UCL News

Cancer breakthrough as scientists discover how cells spread

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A study led by Professor Roberto Mayor (UCL Cell & Developmental Biology) has uncovered insights into how cells move through the body, which could lead to innovative techniques to stop cancer cells from spreading and causing secondary tumours. Read: Daily Mail, More: UCL News

Antibiotic resistance

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Professor Peter Taylor (UCL Pharmaceutics) explains how no new classes of antibiotics have come on to the market for 25 years and how the use of antibiotics engenders resistance. Read: BBC News, Listen: BBC Radio 5 Live ‘Wake up to Money’ (from 34 mins 30 secs), More: BBC Radio Newcastle ‘Breakfast’ (from 19 mins 36 secs), BBC Radio Kent ‘Breakfast’ (from 1 hour 14 mins)

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