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Naked Genetics episode

Sun, 13th Jul 2014

Issues for genetic testing

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Whether we like it or not, we’re heading further along the road of genetic testing, not just for single genes but for complex diseases and even ancestry. But can the results of gene tests change our behaviour? Plus colouring crows, electric eels, gluing chromosomes and a sketchy gene of the month.

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In this edition of Naked Genetics

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  • 00:59 - Saskia Sanderson - Gene testing issues

    Thanks to advances in technology, a day when we might each have our own personal genome at our fingertips is coming ever closer.

  • 10:25 - Genes pick crow partners

    Take a look at your partner, if you have one - notice anything similar? Well, you would if you’re a crow, according to new research.

  • 11:46 - Electric evolution

    Writing in the journal Science, a team of US researchers has discovered how the electric eel got its jolt.

  • 12:52 - Learning to fly

    Researchers have uncovered a surprising genetic connection between the development of language in humans and learning in fruit flies.

  • 13:51 - Salmonella's Achilles' heel

    With BBQ season upon us, some unlucky people can expect to find themselves counted amongst the thousands that get Salmonella food poisoning.

  • 15:13 - Eucalyptus genome revealed

    A consortium of more than 80 researchers from 18 countries have decoded the genome sequence of Eucalyptus grandis.

  • 16:37 - Susie Meisel - Obesity gene tests

    Dr Susie Meisel spent her PhD finding out whether providing people with genetic test information could help motivate them to lose weight.

  • 26:16 - Can missing DNA be replaced?

    Deon Davis says, “my daughter has a Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome. It’s also referred to as "4p syndrome". As the name would suggest, the problem lies in the fact that some of her DNA is missing on the short - p - arm of the fourth chromosome, which delays her growth both physically...

  • 28:20 - Gene of the month - Scribble

    Originally identified in fruit flies, but similar genes are found across a wide range of organisms, from humans to parasites.

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