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Genetics Unzipped: Squid Game

Posted by , on 19 May 2022

“While it sounds silly to send squid into space, these simple models are easy to manipulate, small and don’t weigh a lot so we can get you a lot of information in a short period of time.”

Professor Jamie Foster

In the latest episode of the Genetics Unzipped podcast, Dr Sally Le Page takes a deep dive into the world of squid. She quizzes squid biologist and science communicator, Dr Sarah McAnulty on how they evolved and why they’re so hard to genetically modify, and asks microbiologist Professor Jamie Foster why on earth scientists are sending glow-in-the-dark squid into space. 

These ‘cephalonauts’ will provide scientists with data to further understand how astronauts’ health is impacted by long-term space flight and how gravity affects the way animals and bacteria talk to each other in symbiotic relationships.

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