From the beauty of a sunset or the ugliness of war, to the smile on a loved ones face, our eyes bring us all kinds of information about the world around us. Now researchers are working to develop new therapies for people who have lost this precious sense. Plus, smelling elephants, marmoset twins and an all-seeing gene of the month.
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In this edition of Naked Genetics
01:03 – Seeing the Light
To find out more about how organisms, including humans,
detect light – through special cells called photoreceptors – We
spoke to Rob Lucas
10:09 – Maths and Reading
In the news this month was a new study showing that gene
variations linked to reading are also linked to maths.
15:00 – Smelling Elephants
Researchers have discovered that elephants are nature’s
15:55 – Marmoset Genome Revealed
An international research team has unveiled the complete
genome sequence of the common marmoset.
17:09 – Restoring Sight
At University College Londons Institute of Ophthalmology, Dr
Rachael Pearson and her team are developing ways to restore
sight to the blind
26:35 – Could we make all mosquitoes one sex?
Kat:: Now its time for our question of the month. Listener Lorne Henry says, I heard a talk by someone who is specialising in trying to rid the world of the malaria mosquito or of the disease and I had an idea about it. If those mosquitoes could be made all the one sex – bingo!…
28:38 – Gene of the Month – Pax6
And finally its time for our gene of the month, and in keeping
with our theme of vision its Pax6.