We’re returning to the scene of the crime with another look at the latest techniques in the world of forensic genetics – can we really predict physical features or even ethnicity from your DNA, and what does this mean for our criminal justice system? Plus, is the ‘CSI effect’ real? And our gene of the month would be more at home at a rave than a lab.
We’re off to a festival – but before you worry about where your tent and wellies are, it’s the Festival of Genomics, held at a clean and dry conference centre in London rather than a muddy field full of rock bands and dodgy burgers. Plus, what does the public really think of genetic technology? And a fiery gene of the month. This is the Naked Genetics podcast for March 2018, brought to you in association with The Genetics Society.
It’s CSI Naked Genetics, as we find out how genetic technology is used to solve crimes.
We take a trip back to the womb and before, to find out about early development. Plus, the importance of placentas, why the age of your womb rather than your eggs matters, and a video game-inspired gene of the month.
This month we’re finding out how genetic advances are shaping the future of healthcare at the Genetics Society autumn meeting. Plus, signposts for bees and an operatic gene of the month.
This month we’re off to the zoo to meet some lovelorn laughing thrushes, endangered snails, and the Cilla Black of Sumatran Tigers. Plus, a sneak preview of this year’s Genetics Society JBS Haldane lecture, and a gene of the month that likes a tipple.
You’re a mammal. I’m a mammal. Your pet cat or dog is a mammal, as are whales, lemurs, pandas and polar bears. But what exactly is a mammal, and what can our genes tell us about our evolution? Plus, school students take on the whipworm genome, the surprising genetic diversity of Papua New Guinea, and a gene of the month that’s up all night.
Would you ever consider donating your genome to research? We meet a man who has, and find out why. Plus, we get our hands dirty in the search for new antibiotics, take a look at the ethics of human gene editing, and our gene of the month is getting ahead in life.
As scientists announce that they have used CRISPR technology to fix a faulty gene in a human embryo – not for the first time, but more accurately than ever before – we take a look at storing, writing and editing in DNA. Plus, our gene of the month is all ears.
This month we’re taking a look at the role that genes play in dementia, and finding out how researchers are using this knowledge to develop urgently-needed treatments. Plus, a big release of big data from the UK Biobank, and our gene of the month is an expert swordsman.