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Genetics Unzipped podcast: Not just ‘the wife’ – the overlooked stories of women in genetics

Posted by on March 30th, 2019

In this episode from our series exploring 100 ideas in genetics, we’re telling the often-overlooked stories of four women who helped to shape the science of life: Esther Lederberg, Harriet Creighton, Tsuneko Okazaki and Martha Chase.

Genetics Unzipped podcast – Interview with Mary-Claire King

Posted by on March 20th, 2019

In this episode of Genetics Unzipped we have a very special interview with leading geneticist Mary-Claire King.

Genetics Unzipped podcast – 006 – Big Fat Failure

Posted by on February 23rd, 2019

In this episode we’re looking at the genetics of failure – why we fail to lose weight thanks to our genes, and why ignoring genetic information and DNA diversity leads to billions of dollars being wasted on drugs that don’t work. Cambridge University neuroscientist Giles Yeo talks about his new book, Gene Eating: The science[…]

“En Fase Experimental”: a fresh podcast with an insiders view of science

Posted by on February 13th, 2019

Every fortnight, between the British Library and the St Pancras station, inside a wooden room in the ground floor of the Francis Crick Institute, four scientists discuss the present breakthroughs in science. Unlike other discussions happening in this room, this one will reach many other Spanish-speaking people around the world. We are talking about “En[…]

Opening the doors of scientific conferences to local citizens

Posted by on November 28th, 2018

Regular meetings of scientists such as annual society conferences can create opportunities for scientists to engage the public without extensive effort, making connections between scientists and public audiences. Under the umbrella of a specific topic, events can be created to engage local communities with international researchers and foster forums for discussion of specific areas of[…]

Behind the scenes of Kicheva Lab

Posted by on November 7th, 2018

Every year our Institute (IST Austria) opens its doors to the public during an outreach event called Open Campus. Visitors can participate in demonstrations and guided tours of the labs while scientists explain their research. But how do you show a variety of different activities performed in the lab within a 20 min tour? We[…]

Autonomous traffic – Wnt cytonemes lead the way.

Posted by on October 2nd, 2018

by Lauren Porter and Steffen Scholpp Living Systems Institute, University of Exeter, UK   The importance of Wnt signalling in developmental processes, wound healing and stem cell control has long been established. Historically, scientists attributed the transport of Wnt proteins from the source to the receiver cell to simple diffusion, however, this explanation did not[…]

The International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium is creating an encyclopaedia of mammalian gene function, from embryo to adult

Posted by on September 28th, 2018

The entire genome of many species has now been sequenced, but the function of the majority of genes still remains unknown. This is where the International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium (IMPC) comes in, with the goal of characterising all 20,000 or so protein-coding mouse genes. To achieve this, genes are systematically inactivated then mice are put[…]

Organ plumbing

Posted by on September 19th, 2018

Water is a fascinating substance. Its behavior sets a lot of interesting constraints on both how the surface of our world is shaped geologically and how life on said surface has adapted to optimize its use. Biology and geology, while vastly different in scale, share many commonalities that can we can learn from. Our work[…]

Adult Neurogenesis 2018: Highlights -By Zubair Ahmed Nizamudeen

Posted by on June 29th, 2018

4WH Neurogenesis: What Where Why When and How? Neurogenesis is understood as the process by which neural stem cells (NSCs) produce new neurons. In the adult mammalian brain, this process is known to persist in two restricted locations- the dentate gyrus (DG) region of the hippocampus (see figure below) and the lateral walls of the[…]