Patenting and preserving genes
There are few things in life as important as the food we eat, but making sure that we guard the genes in our crops for the future is just as important. Plus, we take a look at some of the intellectual property issues surrounding our food, learn squid’s surprising secret, and our gene of the month might be a mayor.
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Mike Ambrose managed the Germplasm Resources Unit at the John Innes
Centre in Norwich, preserving crop seeds for the future.
Different parts of the UK harbour their own distinctive genetic flavour and
revealing where some of these groups might have come from
US researchers have developed a more efficient, smaller tool for genetic engineering, effectively a pair of tiny scissors that can snip DNA
Scientists have discovered that squid edit the messages read from their genes to a surprisingly large extent.
Intellectual property, or IP, is an important issue in food and agriculture.
Dominic Berry explains some of the issues.
Our gene of the month is unlikely to be mistaken for the mayor of London, despite being called Boris.