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Naked Genetics episode

Sat, 14th Dec 2013

Taking shape

Flower (c) Audrey

Across the natural world, cells organise themselves into a wonderful array of shapes and structures. But how do they do this? Plus, building bones, plant sex in space, and a rather plump gene of the month.

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In this edition of Naked Genetics

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  • 00:58 - Which way is up?

    Dr Veronica Grieneisen from the John Innes Centre in Norwich, is figuring out how cells know which way is up, and start to organise themsel

  • 04:33 - Pollen tubes are go!

    Anja Geitmann's work has featured in the media with headlines such as “sex in space!” But what is she actually doing?

  • 09:00 - Snake genomes slither into view

    In a pair of papers published in the journal PNAS, two international teams of researchers have described the first full snake genomes.

  • 10:18 - Oldest Homo genome revealed

    Scientists have used new techniques to extract and analyse DNA from the oldest bones of human ancestors, dating from 400,000 years ago.

  • 11:46 - Modelling flowers

    Professor Jan Traas and his team at ENS in Lyon are using computer programmes to understand how flowers grow into their beautiful shapes.

  • 17:23 - Building bones

    Professor James Sharpe is using mathematical models to understand how vertebrates like mammals and birds build a skeleton.

  • 24:43 - Does eating GM food make you GM too?

    I know it's been estimated that the human body re-generates itself almost completely every 7 odd years or so (except, I hear, the brain which remains as it is - I never followed on with Biology). If the adage that "You are what you eat" applies and if one were to *only* eat ge...

  • 27:17 - Gene of the month - Tubby

    This month's Gene of the Month is a bit on the large side - it’s called Tubby.

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