Genome regulation and the epigenome

Our DNA contains tens of thousands of individual genes that encode vital information responsible for the biological activities necessary for life. Most tissues in our body carry out very specialized processes which ultimately require that specific subsets of genes are used in the right place and at the right time. Join Professor Klose to learn […]

Lonesome George and the Barcode of Life

Posthumously, Lonesome George has become a very famous tortoise. Believed to be the last of his subspecies, and often billed as the rarest creature on Earth, he has served as something of a poster boy for endangered species all over the world. We still know relatively little about the effects that the environment has on […]

The A(TG)C of You and Me

Should we all be sequencing our own genomes? It’s often said that “it’s what’s inside that counts”. From a medic’s point of view, past the external stigmata of disease, this is widely true. For a geneticist it is sacred. Genomes constitute an entire instruction manual for building an organism. They contain hidden heirlooms from our […]

Put this in your pipe and smoke it: Cannabis genome sequenced

When midnight struck on the 17th August, most stoners were probabily blissfully unaware of the significance, as they rummaged through cupboards for food and listened to Pink Floyd at ear-bleeding levels. Science has always been pretty good mates with cannabis. At least unofficially, from the rambling philosophical chats about space and time, to just general ‘insight’ into the world […]

Strawberry Genome Sequenced

A multinational team of scientists has successfully sequenced the genome of woodland strawberries. Whilst these aren’t the kind of strawberries you can find in your local supermarket, understanding their genetic code still has huge potential. Not only are woodland strawberries closely related to their cultivated counterparts, they are also part of the same genetic family […]