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Cancer genetics – When good cells go bad – Naked Genetics 12.12.14

Cancer genetics – When good cells go bad

A Prostate Cancer Cell (c) Cancer Research UK Electron Microscopy Unit

Cancer is literally the enemy within us -it starts when our own cells get damaged and go rogue, multiplying out of control and spreading around body. But how can we use new genetic knowledge to beat it? Plus, decoding the wheat genome, finding out where birds came from, and our gene of the month is more art than science.

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  • Dnahelix_genetic_fingerprint (c)

    01:02 – Advances in cancer genetics

    At its heart, cancer is a disease caused by faulty and damaged genes. It’s usually a combination of the damage we pick up over a lifetime, as well as our own unique tapestry of genetic variation and – in some cases – specific gene faults that we inherit. To find out more about h…

  • Conference (c) Heiko Hornig @ wikimedia

    09:18 – Genetics Society Autumn Meeting

    It’s time to find out what happened at the Genetics Society Autumn Meeting, which was held at the Royal Society in November and celebrated 25 years of the scientific journal Genes and Development

  • Huntington's Disease (c) Dr Frank Gaillard, radiopaedia

    14:05 – Hunting for Huntington’s genes

    Writing in the journal PLoS Genetics, researchers in the US have developed a genetic “roadmap” that could speed up the search for new treatments for the currently incurable disease.

  • Human_brain_image (c)

    14:45 – Brain disorder gene found

    Scientists led by Guntram Borck at the University of Ulm in Germany and David Adams at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge have tracked down the faulty gene responsible for a rare disorder that causes problems with brain development

  • Secondary tumour deposits in the liver from a primary cancer of the pancreas (c) Haymanj

    15:49 – Revealing the roots of pancreatic cancer

    Writing in the journal Cancer Cell, scientists in California led by Maike Sander and Matthias Hebrok have uncovered the events at the very beginning of pancreatic cancer.

  • wheat (c) Myrabella

    16:45 – Wheat genome decoded

    The genome of your breakfast toast – or at least the wheat that goes into it – is surprisingly complex. But now an international team of scientists from the UK, US and Germany have published the first analysis of the wheat genome, publishing it in the journal Nature.

  • Human genome (c) Kate Whitley, Wellcome Images

    17:43 – The Cancer Genome Project

    Now it’s time to delve a bit deeper into cancer genomes. At the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Dr Peter Campbell is joint head of the Cancer Genome Project – an ambitious research programme aimed at analysing the genetic code in thousands of different tumours from patients aro…

  • Blue and Yellow Macaws (c) Adrian Pingstone

    25:03 – How did birds evolve from dinosaurs?

    Hi Naked Scientists,

    Its often stated that birds evolved from dinosaurs, but I was wondering how exactly? Is there thought to be a breakthrough mutation, like an Eve of the family? Or did various kinds evolve ths intermix bird-like characterisics in a more paralel process?

  • Van Gogh Starry Night (c) Van Gogh

    28:10 – Gene of the Month – Van Gogh

    Our gene of the month is all arty – it’s Van Gogh. A gene found in fruit flies, Van Gogh was first discovered in 1998 by researchers at the University of Virginia.

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