Lead author Dr Edmund Gilbert, who is based at RCSI, said the work was helping understand the role of genetic variation in human disease. File photograph: Getty

A complete genetic map of Britain and Ireland, generated by scientists for the first time, provides proof of common ancestry going back hundreds of ye(...)

US president-elect Donald Trump:  his tendency to disregard facts in favour of opinion is most obvious in matters of science, but it is just as worrying in areas such as economics and foreign policy.  Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

What was the most significant event of 2016 for scientists? For physicists, perhaps the detection of gravitational waves by the Ligo experiment, a stu(...)