Genetically Modified plants
Genetically modified, or GM, crops are a hot topic. Some people are deeply suspicious of the technology while others see it as an effective and efficient way of generating bountiful, healthier harvests. Plus, purple tomatoes, a giant of a gene involved in heart disease, and whats in a name? We take a look at the naming of genes.
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In this edition of Naked Genetics
01:02 – Jonathan Jones – GM crops
To take a look at the science of GM behind the hype and headlines, I spoke
to Professor Jonathan Jones at the Sainsbury Laboratory.
09:14 – Cathie Martin – Purple tomatoes
Cathie Martin is using GM technology to make even healthier fruit and veg,
including some striking purple tomatoes.
16:46 – James Ware – Tackling Titin
Researchers at Imperial College are unpicking how faults in a giant gene
called Titin can cause heart disease.
23:08 – What are the rules about naming genes?
In a recent Naked Genetics podcast Dr Kat talks about genes called “unkempt” and “headcase”. This caused me to wonder how they came to have such bizarre names. Then I wondered what the “rules” are for naming genes? Who gets to christen them? Is there a classification system and…