Biologists have a rather more brutal name for it - extra-pair copulation. In any event, the error completely blinded those who followed. Was he the original Mr Sykes?
After the chromosomes had been pulled into opposite ends of the dividing cell, the cell itself split in two. Before they touched and exchanged their gifts of DNA, they were all identical, exact copies of the chromosomes inherited from both parents.
I dab off the excess liquid with a tissue and wait for the slide to dry. From his breeding experiments with plants, the Czech monk Gregor Mendel had deduced by the middle of the nineteenth century that pollen and eggs each had only one set of genes while adult plants had not one but two sets. The rate at which the combinations were disrupted depended on how far apart their genes were on the chromosome.
He did this despite the fact that, as we now know, in his clearest views under the microscope he counted not forty-eight but forty-six chromosomes. I could listen to the messages carried by DNA and catch the whispers of old lives passed on by generation after generation of ancestors.
The initial epidemic killed between one third and one half of the population in the space of eighteen months. It was simply the process whereby the egg received its single set of instructions from the mother. The only similarity between Sir Richard and myself, other than our both having trained as scientists, is that we have the same surname.
Gov't Review. My old brass microscope was beautiful, but it was not, in truth, particularly good. Since there were literally thousands of sikes in Yorkshire, the chances that only one man had decided to adopt 'sike' as his surname seemed extremely slim.
This is my Y-chromosome, the bearer of my maleness and the token passed unaltered down from a long line of fathers. First World War and that his family had come from somewhere in Hampshire in southern England. We now know that the extra chromosome in Down's syndrome is number