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Now hear this – Naked Genetics 14.01.14

In-ear hearing aid (c) Bergsten @ wikipedia

Hearing loss is distressing, whether it occurs later in life or in childhood. Now researchers are starting to unpick the genetic causes behind some of these problems. Plus, mice on drugs, stress and death, and a wobbly gene of the month.

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  • Influenza Virus (c) CDC/ Dr. F. A. Murphy

    08:35 – Narcolepsy and flu

    Researchers have discovered an unexpected connection between
    the sleep disorder narcolepsy and the flu virus

  • Sneeze (c) CDC

    12:05 – Flu response variations

    Australian scientists have discovered a key genetic variation that
    makes people respond to flu in different ways

  • Knockout Mice (c) US Federal Government

    13:30 – Mice on drugs

    Researchers have discovered variations in how lab mice respond
    to drugs, highlighting problems with lab-bred strains

  • South America (c) NASA

    15:37 – Gene risk for diabetes found

    US researchers have discovered a gene variation that increases
    the risk of type 2 diabetes, particularly in Latin Americans

  • Neonatal rat hearts treated with a control microRNA (left) or two human microRNAs strongly increasing cardiomyocyte proliferation (middle and right). (c) Eulalio et al. / Nature

    16:52 – Genes, stress and death

    Scientists have found that a gene variation that increases
    sensitivity to stress may also increase the risk of heart attacks
    and death

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