Month: May 2013

Qasim Ayub explains how a new technique he helped to develop is finding signatures of selection in human genomes and revealing surprising discoveries about European development

Discovering how we evolved – Evolving genes lead to more evolving genes

21.05.13: Qasim Ayub explains how a new technique he helped to develop is finding signatures of selection in human genomes and revealing surprising discoveries about European development

Cocktail parties and cancer genomes: Separating out the mutational processes behind cancer development

17.05.13: Cancer genomes contain an archaeological record of the genetic events that have led to their formation. Ludmil Alexandrov talks about his new technique that is beginning to reveal this archaeological record and unravel the processes responsible for those events.

Tackling the looming epidemic of non-infectious diseases in sub-Saharan Africa

14.05.13: Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as obesity, heart disease and cancer are a substantial and rapidly growing problem in sub-Saharan Africa and are projected to overtake infectious disease as the most common cause of death in Africa in the next 20 years. Georgina Murphy speaks about her experiences collecting data on these non-infectious diseases in rural Uganda and the challenges they faced on this mammoth journey.

New frontiers for Chlamydia sequencing

1 May 2013: Using attractive magnetic beads to capture Chlamydia from clinical samples is a rapid and effective way to harvest this bacteria (and it’s DNA) for sensitive diagnosis and tracking