You may not realise it, but all the food you eat has been genetically altered over time by plant and animal breeders, capturing advantageous traits to grow more nutritious and easy-to-farm foods as efficiently and healthily as possible. Maize, or corn as itís often know, is a prime example of this change. Plus, is attractiveness to mosquitoes in your genes? And our gene of the month is small but significant.
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This month Iím reporting back from the Genetics Society Spring meeting,
Breeding for bacon, biofuels and beer, with organiser DJ de Koning
As we head towards the summer, we've got some news that might be useful
if you're heading off on vacation to a tropical destination.
Results from the Genomethics study show that 98 per cent of people want to know about potentially harmful things in their genome.
Not only do naked mole rats look unusual, they are also resistant to cancer, thanks to a unique gene.
This month I went along to the Imperial College festival to check out the
exhibitions, and an interactive tree of life caught my eye.
Our gene of the month may be small, but it's surprisingly important.
Thousands of years of breeding have turned the hard kernels of a plant
called teosinte into the fat ears of maize (corn) that we eat today.