Smell is probably the oldest sense, hardwired right into our brains and closely linked to memory. Now researchers are trying to unravel the complex genetics that underpin it. Plus, contagious dog genital cancers, gene therapy for blindness, and a rather slimy gene of the month.
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Stuart Firestein, Professor of Biology at Columbia University, explained to me how our sense of smell works, and why it’s so important
Researchers have carried out a small but successful trial of gene therapy for a type of blindness.
Scientists have used genetic analysis to wind the evolutionary clock back on the history of dogs
Scientists have analysed the genome of an 11,000 year old contagious dog genital cancer.
US researchers have pinpointed new genetic variations linked to
the psychiatric condition schizophrenia
Japanese researchers have analysed the genes in a whole coral community, including the corals and the organisms living on them
At the University of Manchester, Professor Matthew Cobb and his team are studying how maggots smell things.
Polymerase Chain Reaction - how does it work? I've read a brief explanation
on Wikipedia, but it seemed more to describe the heating cycles scientists go through without, explaining how copies of DNA are produced and amplified.
Our gene of the month is Escargot, named after the French word for snail, but also known by the less exotic name Fleabag.