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Issues for genetic testing – Naked Genetics 14.07.14

Issues for genetic testing

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Whether we like it or not, we’re heading further along the road of genetic testing, not just for single genes but for complex diseases and even ancestry. But can the results of gene tests change our behaviour? Plus colouring crows, electric eels, gluing chromosomes and a sketchy gene of the month.

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  • Carrion crow (c) Lip Kee Yap

    10:25 – Genes pick crow partners

    Take a look at your partner, if you have one – notice anything similar? Well, you would if you’re a crow, according to new research.

  • The Electric Eel - Electrophorus electricus (c) Stan Shebs

    11:46 – Electric evolution

    Writing in the journal Science, a team of US researchers has discovered how the electric eel got its jolt.

  • Drosophila melanogaster fly (c) André Karwath (aka) via Wikipedia

    12:52 – Learning to fly

    Researchers have uncovered a surprising genetic connection between the development of language in humans and learning in fruit flies.

  • Salmonella bacteria (c) Elapied/US National Institutes of Health

    13:51 – Salmonella’s Achilles’ heel

    With BBQ season upon us, some unlucky people can expect to find themselves counted amongst the thousands that get Salmonella food poisoning.

  • Eucalyptus Grandis (c) Peter Woodard

    15:13 – Eucalyptus genome revealed

    A consortium of more than 80 researchers from 18 countries have decoded the genome sequence of Eucalyptus grandis.

  • Obesity (c) Alessandro del Borro

    16:37 – Susie Meisel – Obesity gene tests

    Dr Susie Meisel spent her PhD finding out whether providing people with genetic test information could help motivate them to lose weight.

  • DNA Helix (c)

    26:16 – Can missing DNA be replaced?

    Kat:: And here’s Harriet Johnson with this month’s listener question.

    Harriet:: Listener Deon Davis says, “My daughter has a Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome. It’s also referred to as 4P syndrome. As the name would suggest, the problem lies in the fact that some of her DNA is mis…

  • Scribble (c) Wikimedia Commons

    28:20 – Gene of the month – Scribble

    Originally identified in fruit flies, but similar genes are found across a wide range of organisms, from humans to parasites.

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