Genes, ageing and metabolism
Could we one day be popping pills that tweak our metabolism and make us live longer? It’s not as far off as you might think. Plus, the cow genome goes large, bat flu flies into focus, and an untidy gene of the month.
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Dr Jennifer Tullett is studying the links between metabolism - how animals
create and use energy - and ageing.
Researchers have published results from the biggest ever study looking at
how genetic variation in people affects their response to malaria.
The cattle genome has gone large, as an international consortium of researchers announces a global database of cow gene sequences.
Bats are well-known carriers of human viruses, such as rabies and the headline-grabbing Ebola. But could they harbour other infections too?
Writing in the journal Cancer Research this month, Spanish researchers have characterised the dog epigenome in unprecedented depth.
Tweaking some of the genes involved in metabolic signalling could help to
prolong healthy lifespan - but could it help us live forever?
I spoke to co-organiser Matt Jones about the upcoming Genetics Society
Autumn Meeting, focusing on genetics and neurobiology
Our gene of the month is looking a bit scruffy - it's Unkempt