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Genetics Unzipped: Heat, Stick, Duplicate, Repeat: The Story Of The Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)

Posted by on November 5th, 2020

In this episode we’re taking a look at the story and the characters behind one of the most transformative – and ubiquitous – techniques in modern molecular biology: the polymerase chain reaction.

How to… Graphical Abstract

Posted by on October 27th, 2020

In my visual communication classes students increasingly want to learn how to make  graphical abstracts. Below I summarized a few key points What are Graphical abstracts? Graphical abstracts are increasingly common to explain biomedical concepts and research results. “Summary slides” have been for long been used in talks or lectures. Today, graphical abstracts are omnipresent[…]

Genetics Unzipped: The Past, Present and Future of the Human Genome Project

Posted by on October 22nd, 2020

In this episode we bring you an in-depth interview with Dr Eric Green, director of the US National Human Genome Research Institute and one of the key instigators of the Human Genome Project, to talk about the past, present and future of human genomics.

Genetics Unzipped podcast: From Philadelphia to Baltimore: Tales of Chromosomes, Cancer Cells and Henrietta Lacks

Posted by on October 8th, 2020

In this episode we’re taking a road trip from Philadelphia to Baltimore, exploring stories of chromosomal cut-and-paste, cancer cures and Henrietta Lacks’ incredible cancer cells.

From Image to Insight – Morphogenesis Meets Data Science

Posted by on September 26th, 2020

A wave of innovations is advancing data-driven computational analysis and machine learning – time for developmental biologists to hop on the surf board! This post, inspired by our recent data-driven work on lateral line morphogenesis, provides a brief primer on key concepts and terms. written by Jonas Hartmann & Darren Gilmour From machine translation to[…]

‘Another look’ at peer review: reviewing review articles

Posted by on September 25th, 2020

If this post causes a sense of déjà vu, it might be because you’ve read our recent articles: An Introduction to Writing Review Articles and Getting involved in peer review. For #PeerRevWeek2020, I thought I’d explore the intersection of these two topics. Although there are guides to train potential peer reviewers for reviewing research articles, the[…]

Genetics Unzipped podcast: The Future of Cancer: How Genomics is Transforming Research and Treatment for All

Posted by on September 24th, 2020

In this episode, sponsored by Thermo Fisher Scientific, we’re taking a look at how genomic technologies are transforming cancer care – now and in the future, and the importance of making sure that these advances are available to all.

Genetics Unzipped podcast: Making Babies and Getting Organised: Celebrating Hilde Mangold and Salome Gluecksohn-Waelsch

Posted by on September 10th, 2020

In this episode we’re going back to the very beginning, telling the stories of the midwives of the field of developmental genetics, two talented researchers whose work helped to reveal the secrets of life in its very earliest stages: Hilde Mangold and Salome Gluecksohn-Waelsch.

Genetics Unzipped podcast: Rare, Well Done: Progress and challenges in rare genetic disorders

Posted by on August 27th, 2020

In the latest episode of Genetics Unzipped, Dr Kat Arney takes a look at the progress that’s been made in tackling rare genetic disorders (and the challenges that remain) and we hear from a prenatal genetic counsellor about how new tests are helping people carrying genetic variations make decisions about starting a family.

Genetics Unzipped podcast: Rebel Cell: Cancer, evolution and the science of life

Posted by on August 13th, 2020

In the latest episode of Genetics Unzipped, Kat Arney brings you exclusive excerpts from her new book Rebel Cell, exploring where cancer came from, where it’s going, and how we might beat it.