What is a gene?

2023-08-10T12:08:28+01:0010 August 2023|

A gene is a string of DNA letters that encode a protein - the building blocks of our cells and bodies. One gene encodes one protein. Simple, right? But scratch the surface into the molecular details and it soon gets complicated. Ongoing research, including work by scientists at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, is unpacking some of this complexity across diverse organisms - and viruses - and helping to reshape what we mean by a “gene”.

Driven by curiosity: Filling in the gaps of the protist puzzle

2023-03-28T11:33:08+01:002 March 2023|

Dr Ore Francis is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Wellcome Sanger Institute. One of three inaugural Excellence Fellows, Ore is exploring the proteins that are at the root of all life on Earth, answering questions about adaptation and evolution along the way.

Celebrating Sanger Postdocs

2021-10-10T07:45:29+01:0020 September 2021|

This week (20th-24th September) is Postdoc Appreciation Week - a time to celebrate the fantastic contribution postdoctoral scientists make.

Cancer, Caveman and Art

2019-07-09T10:52:24+01:009 July 2019|

Thoughts on life as a postdoctoral researcher, combining science and art.