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Naked Genetics episode

Wed, 13th May 2015

The story of maize

Maize (c) SDA photo by Keith Weller.

You may not realise it, but all the food you eat has been genetically altered over time by plant and animal breeders, capturing advantageous traits to grow more nutritious and easy-to-farm foods as efficiently and healthily as possible. Maize, or corn as itís often know, is a prime example of this change. Plus, is attractiveness to mosquitoes in your genes? And our gene of the month is small but significant. 

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In this edition of Naked Genetics

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  • 13:43 - What do you want to know?

    Results from the Genomethics study show that 98 per cent of people want to know about potentially harmful things in their genome.

  • 14:52 - Unique naked mole rat gene

    Not only do naked mole rats look unusual, they are also resistant to cancer, thanks to a unique gene.

  • John Doebley - The story of maize

    Thousands of years of breeding have turned the hard kernels of a plant called teosinte into the fat ears of maize (corn) that we eat today.

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