Monthly Archives: May 2012

How can DNA save the panda?

Last night I attended an excellent presentation by Professor Mike Bruford, a conservational biologist from the School of Biosciences at Cardiff University, entitled ‘How can DNA save the panda?’ The public event was held at the Gartholwg Lifelong Learning Centre … Continue reading

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Genetics links touch and hearing

I’m really interested by an article I have just read in PLoS Biol. 10, e1001318, 2012 An overview is also available from Nature Genetics Research Highlights. Essentially the team in Germany have been looking at whether tactile acuity and vibration … Continue reading

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Disease risk predicition: gene-gene and gene-environment modelling shows limited improvement

Researchers from Harvard School of Public Health have been working to improve disease risk prediction by developing algorithms that take into account the many interactions between multiple genetic risk markers and environmental factors. Currently, most studies only look at individual … Continue reading

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Forget ‘Bigger = Better’

I was forwarded a news article today (Science 4 May 2012: vol. 336 no. 6081 pp. 534-537 DOI: 10.1126/science.336.6081.534) that looks at the promise of nanopore technology  in driving genome sequencing. For someone who spent a great deal of time … Continue reading

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