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Royal Wedding science

Today in the Britain and across the world, we will be celebrating the marriage of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. Despite an indifferent attitude here (bred by a ridiculous media overhype), I feel a connection of sorts after attending University with the couple in St Andrews.

It seems that the Royal Wedding has even made it into scientific literature. In the latest issue of Cell, editor Robert Kruger looks at similarities between the royal couple and recent biological developments.

“Although few can relate to William’s particular challenge of searching for a future bride amidst such an overwhelming number of would-be princesses, his problem was reminiscent of a dilemma that confronts transcription factors, which must scan extraordinarily long stretches of DNA to find appropriate targets at which to initiate gene expression,” Kruger notes.

His also touches on the recent research on the ‘royal jelly’ that bees use to transform some larvae into queens, which reminds the author of Middleton’s rise from the English middle-class to the lofty status of a Royal.

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Leila Sattary

Leila is a freelance science writer specialising in science funding and research policy. She is a former editor of EuroScientist. She writes for a variety of online and print journals including news and features for Chemistry World, her Lab Rant column for Laboratory News and many more. In her day job she works as a Project Officer at the University of Oxford with particular interest in research policy, knowledge exchange and impact.
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