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Naked Genetics episode

Wed, 13th Aug 2014

Genes for Sore Eyes

Eye (c) Helga Birna Jónasdóttir

From the beauty of a sunset or the ugliness of war, to the smile on a loved one’s face, our eyes bring us all kinds of information about the world around us. Now researchers are working to develop new therapies for people who have lost this precious sense. Plus, smelling elephants, marmoset twins and an all-seeing gene of the month.

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  • 01:03 - Seeing the Light

    To find out more about how organisms, including humans, detect light - through special cells called photoreceptors - We spoke to Rob Lucas

  • 10:09 - Maths and Reading

    In the news this month was a new study showing that gene variations linked to reading are also linked to maths.

  • 15:00 - Smelling Elephants

    Researchers have discovered that elephants are nature's champion sniffers.

  • 15:55 - Marmoset Genome Revealed

    An international research team has unveiled the complete genome sequence of the common marmoset.

  • 17:09 - Restoring Sight

    At University College London’s Institute of Ophthalmology, Dr Rachael Pearson and her team are developing ways to restore sight to the blind

  • 26:35 - Could we make all mosquitoes one sex?

    Lorne Henry says, “I heard a talk by someone who is specialising in trying to rid the world of the malaria mosquito or of the disease and I had an idea about it: if those mosquitoes could be made all one sex - bingo!” So, could skewing the sex ratio get rid of mozzies?

  • 28:38 - Gene of the Month - Pax6

    And finally it’s time for our gene of the month, and in keeping with our theme of vision it’s Pax6.

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