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Sat, 14th Feb 2015

Genetically Modified plants

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Genetically modified, or GM, crops are a hot topic. Some people are deeply suspicious of the technology while others see it as an effective and efficient way of generating bountiful, healthier harvests. Plus, purple tomatoes, a giant of a gene involved in heart disease, and what’s in a name? We take a look at the naming of genes.

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In this edition of Naked Genetics

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  • 01:02 - Jonathan Jones - GM crops

    To take a look at the science of GM behind the hype and headlines, I spoke to Professor Jonathan Jones at the Sainsbury Laboratory.

  • 09:14 - Cathie Martin - Purple tomatoes

    Cathie Martin is using GM technology to make even healthier fruit and veg, including some striking purple tomatoes.

  • 16:46 - James Ware - Tackling Titin

    Researchers at Imperial College are unpicking how faults in a giant gene called Titin can cause heart disease.

  • 23:08 - What are the rules about naming genes?

    In a recent Naked Genetics podcast Dr Kat talks about genes called "unkempt" and "headcase". This caused me to wonder how they came to have such bizarre names. Then I wondered what the "rules" are for naming genes? Who gets to christen them? Is there a classification system and...

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How can I download podcasts? the MP3 link only opens the podcast on a new tab. Alex, Sat, 28th Feb 2015

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