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Siblings of bipolar persons more likely to become bosses

The bipolar disorder appears to have a connection with leadership abilities. If you are the sister or brother of a person with the disorder – also known as manic depression – your chances of becoming a boss are higher than average.

Risk of autism mainly from common gene variants

Most of the genetic risk of autism comes from variations in common genes, rather than rare mutations.

Extreme DNA analysis aids cancer treatment

‘Extreme’ high-resolution DNA analysis reveals the risk of cancer relapse - making treatment more effective.

How spiders make their silk

Spider silk is one of the strongest materials known, and the arachnids make it faster than greased lightning.

Still text-based in the classroom

Text is still the dominant feature in primary school teaching, while visual media are less utilised, according to a Swedish study.

Fluorine stars with added sparkle

Next time you grab a tube of fluoride toothpaste, spare a thought for those stars dying so that you could have healthy teeth.

Too little fruit and veg in children’s diet

European children are eating far less fruit and vegetables than recommended, EU survey shows.

Gay Swedes don’t flee rural communities

Researchers find more acceptance than expected for sexual diversity in rural areas.

Farm life is beneficial for pregnant women

Children living on farms have a reduced risk of developing allergies. Now researchers know more about why.

Cunning respiratory bacteria help each other survive

Swedish research reveals how bacteria supply each other with vital iron.