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Naked Genetics episode

Tue, 14th Apr 2015

Patenting and preserving genes

Figure 6: Wheat is used in a wide range of foods (c) Keith Weller, USDA

There are few things in life as important as the food we eat, but making sure that we guard the genes in our crops for the future is just as important. Plus, we take a look at some of the intellectual property issues surrounding our food, learn squid’s surprising secret, and our gene of the month might be a mayor.

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In this edition of Naked Genetics

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  • 01:00 - Mike Ambrose - Saving seeds

    Mike Ambrose managed the Germplasm Resources Unit at the John Innes Centre in Norwich, preserving crop seeds for the future.

  • 09:23 - Garrett Hellenthal - British Genes

    Different parts of the UK harbour their own distinctive genetic flavour and revealing where some of these groups might have come from

  • 16:28 - Better genetic toolbox

    US researchers have developed a more efficient, smaller tool for genetic engineering, effectively a pair of tiny scissors that can snip DNA

  • 17:40 - Squid switch up messages

    Scientists have discovered that squid edit the messages read from their genes to a surprisingly large extent.

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