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Genetics Unzipped: Is there such a thing as a perfect genome? Myths and misconceptions in genomics

Posted by on March 13th, 2020

In this episode, we’re taking a look at some of the common myths and misconceptions surrounding genomics and genetic tests.

Postdoctoral scientist in Developmental Biology, Imperial College London

Posted by on February 20th, 2020

We are delighted to announce an opening for a postdoctoral scientist to join the Development & Transcriptional Control group, headed by Vicki Metzis. The post, funded by Wellcome and The Royal Society, is based at the London Institute of Medical Sciences (LMS), which specialises in Epigenetics, Quantitative Biology and Genes and Metabolism.   Research Interest The Development and Transcriptional Control[…]

Genetics Unzipped – How to argue with a racist

Posted by on February 13th, 2020

Adam Rutherford tells us how to argue with a racist, hunting for ghosts in the genome, and recreating the discovery of the double helix in Lego.

Understanding Birth Defects in the Genomic Age

Posted by on December 2nd, 2019

By Ashish Deshwar and Nicole Edwards Two weeks ago, we had the opportunity to attend the Company of Biologists Workshop, “Understanding Birth Defects in the Genomic Age”. This workshop brought together a diverse collection of basic developmental biologists, human geneticists and clinicians to discuss the current challenges and opportunities in the field of birth defects[…]

Genetics Unzipped podcast: The Zero Dollar Genome

Posted by on May 9th, 2019

In this episode of Genetics Unzipped we talk to pioneering geneticist George Church about his plans for the ‘Zero Dollar Genome.

Genetics Unzipped podcast: Darwin vs Mendel

Posted by on May 8th, 2019

In this episode of Genetics Unzipped we ask, what would have happened if Darwin had read Mendel? And what if they’d been on Twitter?

PhD – Bacterial symbiosis in deep-sea annelids

Posted by on March 11th, 2019

Background Mutualistic relationships between bacteria and complex organisms have repeatedly evolved and this has allowed host organisms to exploit new environments and foods. One of the most extreme and fascinating cases of symbiosis in the animal kingdom is observed in annelid worms of the genus Riftia and Osedax. These animals are able to live in particularly[…]

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[…]

European Advanced School for Mouse Phenogenomics – pushing the boundaries of mouse genetics

Posted by on July 24th, 2015

The laboratory mouse has been a popular model in mammalian biology for obvious reasons and it has contributed to a number of landmark discoveries in biomedical research. Despite this, few courses and summer schools – which train future leaders in this field – focus on mouse genetics. Phenomin, a large-scale French national infrastructure for biology[…]

Of mice and men: exploring Mouse ENCODE

Posted by on December 17th, 2014

The Mouse ENCODE Project released a slew of papers late last month reporting findings from a three-year effort to comprehensively map functional elements in the mouse genome. Their major findings are summarized in an integrative paper in Nature (Yue, F. et. al., 2014). Similar to the goals of the human ENCODE project (The ENCODE Project Consortium,[…]