Naked Genetics

Naked Genetics episode

Mon, 14th Jan 2013

Fitting into your genes - the genetics of obesity

Obese Mouse (c)

The gym is full, the pubs are empty - it can only be January, as a good proportion of the population resolves to shape up and lose weight. But are your efforts going to help you fit into your jeans (with a J), or are you just fighting against your genes (with a G)? Plus, we discuss how genes might jump between cows and snakes, and weíve got gout, goats, giant pandas and a glass bottom boat.This is the Naked Genetics podcast for January 2013 with me, Dr Kat Arney, brought to you in association with The Genetics Society, online at

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  • 12:42 - Genes jump from snakes to cows

    One study that's very interesting is looking at how a quarter of the cow genome actually came from snakes or is this really true? Thatís the question.

  • 16:03 - Panda Genome

    Now for some other fascinating animals Ė pandas. I saw in the latest issue of Nature Genetics from Shancen Zhao that they have sequenced the panda genome. What did they find in it?

  • 17:39 - Cancer-killing cells created

    Researchers in Japan have created killer immune cells that can be grown in the lab and recognise melanoma skin cancer.

  • 18:56 - Gout risk genes found

    Writing in the journal Nature Genetics, an international team of researchers have found 18 new genetic variations that increase the levels of uric acid in the blood - the main cause of gout.

  • 19:44 - Goat genome mapped

    A Chinese team have used the latest sequencing techniques to complete the first goat genome, mapping the entire genetic code of a female Yunnan black goat - a common domestic species - publishing their work in the journal Nature Biotechnology.

  • 20:50 - Meet the Rinkidinks

    Now itís time to meet the Rinkidinks. These creatures are the creation of Dr Tiffany Taylor, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Reading, who has written a childrenís book called Little Changes, aimed at helping teachers to explain the concepts of evolution to childre...

  • Genetics of obesity and diabetes

    Just looking at the families around us, itís obvious that at least some aspect of our BMI - thatís body mass index, a handy if imperfect measure of weight - is encoded in our genes. This is borne out by genetic research, as well as the fairly obvious finding that a good chunk of...

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