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Naked Genetics episode

Fri, 14th Feb 2014

Smells like gene spirit

The Human Nose (c) LHOON @ wikipedia

Smell is probably the oldest sense, hardwired right into our brains and closely linked to memory. Now researchers are trying to unravel the complex genetics that underpin it. Plus, contagious dog genital cancers, gene therapy for blindness, and a rather slimy gene of the month.

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In this edition of Naked Genetics

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  • 01:02 - How do I smell?

    Stuart Firestein, Professor of Biology at Columbia University, explained to me how our sense of smell works, and why itís so important

  • 09:16 - Gene therapy for blindness

    Researchers have carried out a small but successful trial of gene therapy for a type of blindness.

  • 14:41 - Genes and schizophrenia

    US researchers have pinpointed new genetic variations linked to the psychiatric condition schizophrenia

  • 15:50 - Sequencing the coral community

    Japanese researchers have analysed the genes in a whole coral community, including the corals and the organisms living on them

  • 17:00 - Scent of a maggot

    At the University of Manchester, Professor Matthew Cobb and his team are studying how maggots smell things.

  • 24:39 - How does the polymerase chain reaction work?

    Polymerase Chain Reaction - how does it work? I've read a brief explanation on Wikipedia, but it seemed more to describe the heating cycles scientists go through without, explaining how copies of DNA are produced and amplified.

  • 27:49 - Gene of the month - Escargot

    Our gene of the month is Escargot, named after the French word for snail, but also known by the less exotic name Fleabag.

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