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Genetically modified sheep produce a human protein in their milk.
The average life span in the UK is over 77 for men and nearly 82 for women.
The longest life on record is that of Jeanne Calment, who was 122 years old when she died in 1997.
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Barely visible blood spots contain enough DNA to generate a DNA profile.
A fertile man makes around a thousand new sperm per second.
By 10 weeks a human embryo already has unique fingerprints.
By 12 weeks a human embryo can hear sounds.
By 20 weeks a human fetus has eyebrows and hair on its head.
After 5–6 months a human fetus is startled by sudden noises and is thought to be capable of feeling pain.
By 26 weeks a human fetus has eyelashes and fingernails.
By 30 weeks the pupils of a human fetus will dilate and contract in response to light.
Most babies are born within ten days of their due date – but only 5% actually arrive on the predicted day.
The first IVF baby was Louise Brown, born in the UK in 1978.
People once believed that sperm carried a tiny human inside them.
About 5.4 million people in the UK have asthma.
The first child ever to be vaccinated was James Phipps in 1796, against smallpox.
Scientists in over 20 different countries worked together on the Human Genome Project.
Your body makes about 1000 million white blood cells every day in your bone marrow.
98% of the DNA in your genes is exactly the same as a chimpanzee’s.
99.9% of your DNA is identical to that of everyone else in the world.