Every day we get older, and whether youre desperately resisting the march of time, or embracing the ageing process, most of us would agree we want to live as long, healthy lives as possible. Well be finding out how genetics research can help. Plus, making fingers with Alan Turing, growing lizard tails, and a long-lived gene of the month.
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In this edition of Naked Genetics
01:01 – Prof David Gems – Healthy ageing
I spoke to David Gems, professor of biogerontology at UCL,
and asked him what we mean by ageing” from a biological
09:33 – Prof James Sharpe – Making fingers
Most of us are born with five fingers, but how do they get
there? The answer was first put forward more than 60 years
ago by Alan Turing.
14:38 – How lizards regrow their tails
Researchers have analysed the patterns of gene activity in
regrowing lizard tails, paving the way for better regenerative
15:49 – Organs in a dish
The day when we can grow fully-functioning organs in a dish
have come a step closer, with a lab-grown thymus.
16:58 – Michael Shannack – Fat, old flies
Michael Shannack has been studying fruit flies carrying an
altered version of a gene called GSK3 which have longer,
28:30 – Gene of the month – SIRT1
One of a family of genes called Sirtuins, SIRT1 is one of seven
human versions of genes found across pretty much all