Genetically Modified plants – Naked Genetics 15.02.14

Genetically Modified plants

wheat (c) Myrabella

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 what’s in a name? We take a look at the naming of genes.

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  • A comparison of genetically modified (GM) plants and non-GM plants grown in saline conditions: (above) non-GM plants struggling to grow in saline conditions; (below) GM plants thriving in the same conditions. (c) Image courtesy of the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics (ACPFG)/University of Adelaide.

    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.

  • Coloured tomatoes (c) Kat Arney

    09:14 – Cathie Martin – Purple tomatoes

    Cathie Martin is using GM technology to make even healthier fruit and veg,
    including some striking purple tomatoes.

  • Neonatal rat hearts treated with a control microRNA (left) or two human microRNAs strongly increasing cardiomyocyte proliferation (middle and right). (c) Eulalio et al. / Nature

    16:46 – James Ware – Tackling Titin

    Researchers at Imperial College are unpicking how faults in a giant gene
    called Titin can cause heart disease.

  • Question mark (c)  Konrad Förstner

    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…

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