Naked Genetics

Naked Genetics episode

Mon, 14th Apr 2014

Genes, depression and schizophrenia

Depression (c) Hendrike

Around one in four adults in the UK experiences mental health problems in any year, and mental illness is a major problem for sufferers, their loved ones, and society. It’s becoming clear that genes are involved, but what do we actually know? Plus, artificial chromosomes, autism in the womb, and a toddling little gene of the month.

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  • 13:42 - Artificial chromosome created

    In a major step forward in biological engineering, researchers have created the first ‘designer’ artificial yeast chromosome.

  • 15:10 - Autism begins before birth?

    Writing in the New England Journal of Medicine, scientists in California say they have new evidence that autism begins in the womb.

  • 25:18 - Gene therapy for Huntington's Disease

    Hi there, This year I learned I'm gene positive for HD. I'm relatively young and have a repeat mutation of 42. What is the latest research and realistic hope in terms of genetic therapy as a cure for me?

  • 28:13 - Gene of the month - Toddler

    Our gene of the month is Toddler. Officially known as Apela, Toddler is a new addition to the genetic canon and is surprisingly small.

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