Nature, nurture and wiring the brain – Naked Genetics 14.05.14

Nature, nurture and wiring the brain

Saggital transection through the human brain (c) Christian R. Linder

The more we understand about the genetic variations that affect our brains, the more questions are raised – for example, are we a product of nature or nurture, and what should we test for? Plus, why Y loss is bad for men, the usefulness of junk DNA, and a crunchy gene of the month.

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  • Chromosome territory (c) Mayer et al

    13:39 – Remodelling accelerated ageing

    Researchers at Cambridge University have made a step forward in understanding – and maybe tackling – a rare accelerated ageing disease

  • X & Y Chromosomes (c)

    14:57 – Y loss is bad for men

    A new study suggests a reason why men may have shorter average lifespans than women – it could be down to misplaced Y chromosomes.

  • Mouse embryonic stem cells (c) National Science Foundation

    15:56 – Human cloning a step closer

    Researchers have created cloned human embryonic stem cells from adult cells for the first time, according to a report in Cell Stem Cell.

  • DNA Helix (c)

    25:18 – What is Junk DNA?

    From: Richard Thornley
    To: “”
    Sent: Saturday, 31 August 2013, 15:41
    Subject: some science questions!

    Afew of questions that have bothered me for a while:

    If all the junk dna could be removed from dna would we be healthier?

  • Tempura (c) Midori

    28:30 – Gene of the Month – Tempura

    Our crisp and crunchy Gene of the Month is called Tempura, named after the Japanese deep-fried battered treat.

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