The National Astronomy Meeting 2013

The National Astronomy Meeting 2013

This month I’ve taken to the seaside to bring you a special episode of Naked Astronomy from the National Astronomy Meeting, which was held in St Andrews in the first week of July. I find out about the sparkles that can help us to understand solar flares, plans to let school children loose on a new research-grade telescope, and a technique that could produce the first high-resolution images of quasars.

Let's talk about sex – Naked Genetics 13.07.14

Sex (c) Nevit

Summer loving is in the air, so what better time to think about sex? But we’re not going to get graphic – we’re talking about the genetics of sex determination. Plus, why turkeys need a wingman, figuring out fingerprints, and a leggy gene of the month.

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  • DNA (c) Mnolf

    09:54 – Myriad Genetics patent ruling

    The US Supreme Court has ruled that Myriad Genetics can’t keep their BRCA gene patents. What are the implications?

  • IVF (c) Ekem

    13:33 – Three-person IVF

    The UK government has given the green light to 3-person IVF. We take a look at the technology and implications.

  • Sperm and Egg (c)

    16:21 – The taste of male fertility

    US researchers have made the surprising discovery that two genes involved in taste also play a role in male fertility.

  • An old style alarm clock (c) Jorge Barrios

    17:14 – Cheer up, sleepy genes

    Researchers at MIT have discovered that a gene called SIRT1, involved in ageing, also plays an important role in the bodyclock

  • Dna_fingerprinting_fingerprint (c)

    26:08 – How does the body make fingerprints?

    Hi Chris

    I listen to you every Friday on 702 and really enjoy and learn a lot from your programme.

    How come one’s fingerprints exist? I assume it’s genetic and that the body when regenerating (e.g. after a burn) knows to produce the same fingerprint over and over. Could y…

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