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Naked Scientists NewsFLASH episode

Sun, 16th May 2010

Breathe Easier with Tibetan Genes

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In this NewsFlash, we find out how to detect the brain activity when you see a familiar face and why genetically modified crops may boost bug populations.  Also, we discover the chemicals that make mice scared stiff if they smell a predator, and hear how to create hair cells, essential for hearing, in the lab.  Plus, how Tibetans living at altitude have developed different genes to their lowland neighbours!

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  • 00:19 - Brain scans to recognise facial recognition

    This week a group of researchers from California have been able to spot the moment at which your brain recognises a face. They’ve done this using the brain scanning technology known as fMRI – or functional magnetic resonance imaging...

  • 03:03 - GM boosts bug populations

    Scientists have found that cultivating pest-resistant GM crop strains can paradoxically create a whole new breed of bugs...

  • 10:53 - Ten genes help Tibetans thrive over 10,000 feet

    Researchers have discovered why Tibetans who have a taste for the high life are much better able to tolerate low oxygen conditions that you find at higher altitude and that’s compared with the lowland living counterparts. But it turns out that they carry at least ten unique gen...



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