Genetically Modified plants
Genetically modified, or GM, crops are a hot topic. Some people are deeply suspicious of the technology while others see it as an effective and efficient way of generating bountiful, healthier harvests. Plus, purple tomatoes, a giant of a gene involved in heart disease, and what’s in a name? We take a look at the naming of genes.
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To take a look at the science of GM behind the hype and headlines, I spoke
to Professor Jonathan Jones at the Sainsbury Laboratory.
Cathie Martin is using GM technology to make even healthier fruit and veg,
including some striking purple tomatoes.
Researchers at Imperial College are unpicking how faults in a giant gene
called Titin can cause heart disease.
In a recent Naked Genetics podcast Dr Kat talks about genes called "unkempt" and "headcase". This caused me to wonder how they came to have such bizarre names. Then I wondered what the "rules" are for naming genes? Who gets to christen them? Is there a classification system and...