Out of this World: Britain's history in space

Out of this World: Britain’s history in space

Space Boffins Richard Hollingham and Sue Nelson are inside London’s Science Museum with the museum’s curator of space, Doug Millard, and the original Apollo 10 capsule. Apart from a tribute to Apollo 11’s crucial predecessor, they discuss Britain’s history in space and hear from Skylon pioneer Alan Bond on the progress of his revolutionary spaceplane. There’s also an update on Europe’s ExoMars mission rover from the new Mars Yard at Airbus Defence and Space to celebrate its one year anniversary.

Patenting and preserving genes – Naked Genetics 15.04.14

Patenting and preserving genes

Figure 6: Wheat is used in a wide range of foods (c) Keith Weller, USDA

There are few things in life as important as the food we eat, but making sure that we guard the genes in our crops for the future is just as important. Plus, we take a look at some of the intellectual property issues surrounding our food, learn squid’s surprising secret, and our gene of the month might be a mayor.

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  • wheat (c) Myrabella

    01:00 – Mike Ambrose – Saving seeds

    Mike Ambrose managed the Germplasm Resources Unit at the John Innes
    Centre in Norwich, preserving crop seeds for the future.

  • UK map (c) UKPhoenix79

    09:23 – Garrett Hellenthal – British Genes

    Different parts of the UK harbour their own distinctive genetic flavour and
    revealing where some of these groups might have come from

  • DNA Helix (c)

    16:28 – Better genetic toolbox

    US researchers have developed a more efficient, smaller tool for genetic engineering, effectively a pair of tiny scissors that can snip DNA

  • Hawaiian Bobtail Squid (jpg) (c) PLoS Biology / Margaret McFall-Ngai

    17:40 – Squid switch up messages

    Scientists have discovered that squid edit the messages read from their genes to a surprisingly large extent.

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