Comet ISON is coming!

Comet ISON is coming!

As Comet ISON draws near to its close approach with the Sun in November, much uncertainty remains over how brilliant it will be. Dominic Ford speaks to Matthew Bishop at the Lowell Observatory to find out more. He also talks to Apostolos Christou from the Armagh Observatory about a group of asteroids which closely follow the orbit and Mars, and appear to fragments of a much larger pair of asteroids which collided. Tamela Maciel from the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge reports on the lonely exoplanet which doesn’t seem to have a parent star, and Kirsten Gottschalk from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research reports that the non-detection of gravitational waves by radio astronomers is starting to rule out some theories of how black holes grow.

Have a heart – Naked Genetics 13.10.14

Two hands forming a heart shape (c) Leon Brocard

The heart is a vital biological pump, beating around a billion times in a lifetime. But faulty genes can cause big problems. Plus, taming the tiger genome, solving citrus sickness, and our gene of the month is for all you hopeless romantics out there.

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

    08:37 – Gene links across cancers

    Researchers on the US The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) project have released new data revealing genetic similarities across cancer types.

  • Cytomatrix_with_stem_cells_growing (c)

    12:13 – Sister stem cell clues

    Researchers at The Institute of Cancer Research have found that ‘sister’ stem cells are much more different than expected.

  • Dog nose (c) inajeep @ flikr

    14:37 – Dwarf dog genes found

    Researchers in Finland have found a new gene faults involved in dog dwarfism, which might be important in humans too.

  • Malayan Tiger (c) B_cool @ wikipedia

    16:05 – Tiger genome tamed

    scientists in South Korea have analysed the genomes of a number of big cats, including the tiger, lion and snow leopard.

  • Lemons (c) Andr

    16:53 – Citrus sickness solved

    Scientists in the US have used genetic techniques to solve a murder mystery – in citrus trees.

  • DNA fragment (c)

    25:21 – Is there a role for DNA ends?

    What is the very first and last piece of DNA on the chain responsible for – or is it a marker solely to indicate the ends?

    Rich Thornley UN International School, NYC

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