How did humankind conquer the globe?

02 Nov 2012: Wei Wei discusses her interest into variation within the Y chromosome and her recent study on the expansion of of the human population.

Genetic Analysis of Eating Disorder Related Symptoms, Behaviours and Personality Traits

04 Oct 2012: Vesna Boraska talks about her recent study, identifying possible genetics variants associated with eating disorder related symptoms, behaviors and traits.

A Cornucopia of Candidates for Deafness

25 Sept 2012: Morag Lewis talks about a review she has had published in Cell. The study looked at genes and investigated how the loss of those genes affected the fly. Losing some of the genes resulted in a totally deaf fly, while others affected just some aspects of the fly’s hearing.

Chipping away at the genetics of PBC

21 Sept 2012: Jimmy Liu disscusses his recent research discovering and refining genetic regions linked to susceptibility for primary biliary cirrhosis, or PBC, an immune-mediated disease that causes the progressive destruction of liver bile ducts.

Sanger paper is 2011 best of Journal of Biological Chemistry

19 Sept 2012: A team from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute have identified a seventh, unusual proteolytic enzyme in an asparagine catalytic type. This study has been picked as one of 20 best papers published by the Journal of Biological Chemistry in 2011, out of a total of 4,000 papers.

Is it as plain as the nose on one’s face?

13 Sept 2012: Have you ever considered whether we all sense the world the same way? Darren Logan at the Sanger Institute studies how our genes influence how we perceive the environment around us, and how our brains makes sense of our senses.

Walking a thousand miles starts with one step

11 Sept 2012: The Malaria Programme at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute is carrying out research addressing questions about the continuing emergence of drug resistance in malaria. Knowing which proteins in a cell are palmitoylated, specific protein-membrane interactions, can give important clues about their regulation or function—clues that can be used to piece together new ideas about how cells work.