For centuries, enthusiastic breeders have been selecting plants and animals with desirable genetic traits, changing many species almost beyond recognition. So how have some of these changes come about, and where will new genetic technologies take our food in the future? Plus, breeding a better cow, Viagra for malaria, and a gene of the month with an Italian twist.
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Jennie Pryce is bridging the gap between breeders and geneticists, in order
to breed better dairy cows.
LSHTM's David Baker may have found an unusual new approach for anti-
malarial drugs, in the form of a well-known little blue pill.
Alison Bentley from NIAB is trying to recreate the genetic journey from
grass to wheat.
Helen Sang is working on developing GM chickens that can be made
resistant to bird flu - a major global challenge to health.
Spaghetti, a fruit fly gene, may be the missing link between the bodyclock and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's.