‘This step has not been taken lightly.’ Above: the House of Commons backs mitochondrial donation techniques

Mitochondria are tiny and complex structures within cells. Every cell in your body has a large number of mitochondria, ranging from hundreds to hun(...)

 Parchments such as this 14th century archbishop’s register hold clues to ancient DNA of animals. Photograph: By permission of the Borthwick Institute for Archives

Documents similar to the Book of Kells and other ancient parchments may soon reveal more secrets.Scientists at Trinity College Dublin and the Univers(...)

Ireland sees 110 new cases of motor neurone disease every year. Illustration: 
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Today sees the formal launch in Ireland of Project Mine, an ambitious international effort to find the genetic causes of motor neurone disease. It (...)

The team studied every gene in the genome of 363 patients with Motor Neurone Disease.

An international study involving Irish researchers has identified a gene associated with Motor Neurone Disease. The discovery will advance knowledge o(...)

A Viking burial at Islandbridge, Dublin

The number of Viking warrior burials in Dublin is extraordinary in the Viking world, say archaeologists. Many were buried with swords and other Vik(...)

The skull of King Richard III: Scientists have announced plans to sequence Richard III’s genomes in an attempt to discover more about the 15th-century monarch, including what he really looked like. Photograph: University of Leicester/PA

King Richard III has been dead for almost 530 years, but the secrets of his genetic make-up will soon (...)