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Mayflies: an emergent model to investigate the evolution of winged insects

Posted by on September 11th, 2020

Winged insects are the most diverse and numerous group of animals on Earth. This great diversity has been possible thanks to the acquisition of novel morphologies and lifestyles. How the changes in their genomes contributed to the appearance and evolution of these traits is key to understand how this lineage adapted and conquered the huge[…]

Genetics Unzipped: Involving patients in genomics research

Posted by on April 9th, 2020

We find out why it’s so important to make sure that both academic and commercial genomic research studies are done with rather than on participants.

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[…]