-Image of an ADN spiral- Cut to an image of a man and a woman- Image of a square, a circle. Picture of the shape of a man inside a circle, connected to cogs- Close in tracking shot across a DNA spiral- Image of a nucleus and chromosomes- Groups of molecules- DNA spiral, horizontal- Circle with ATGC inside- An ADN bar in the spiral is damaged- Circle with smaller circles inside representing disease- ADN bar breaking- Sprays, cigarettes, plastics
AFP TEXTSeptember 11, 2020A court in Belgium will rule in October what rights and titles can be granted to Delphine Boel, recently recognised as the daughter of former Belgian king Albert II after a DNA test he was forced to do.
The Brussels appeals court, which on Thursday heard lawyers on both sides, must still formally establish this direct line of descent and its legal ramifications.
Boel wants the title of princess of Belgium, but Albert II is against it, according to their lawyers.
The court will rule on this on October 29, a spokesman told AFP.
A 52-year-old artist, Boel was born from Albert's affair of nearly 20 years with Baroness Sybille de Selys Longchamps, a Belgian aristocrat.
At the time, he was heir to the throne and married since 1959 to the future queen Paola...(continues)
In simple terms, DNA is the code for life.It is the all-important molecule inherited from our parents that gives the chemical instructions to make our bodies and sustain them.DNA comes wrapped up in long coils – if you unravel it, it looks a bit like a spiral staircase.It is found in the nucleus of our cells, which is like the cell’s control centre.The code is divided into chromosomes – lengths of DNA that each may have several thousand genes.Genes provide the instructions for making proteins – the huge variety of molecules that make up the body’s tissues and repair them. DNA comprises intertwined strands made of sugar and phosphate, with links across the middle. The rungs are base pairs made of four different chemicals, represented by the letters A, T, G and C. The letters always come in pairs -- A with T and G with C. Things go wrong when there is a flaw in the code, called a mutation. A single 'misspelling' in a gene can cause disorders such as colour blindness or a disease like cystic fibrosis. Some diseases, like Alzheimer’s and cancer, are more complex, arising from mutations in several genes. They may also be linked to one’s lifestyle or problems in the environment.
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