Essay Competition Winner: Artificial Intelligence and its Pursuit of Predicting Gene Expression by Amith Hariharasudhan

DNA is the self-replicating molecule that consists of our genetic information. Sequences of DNA nucleotides compose genes, which encode the amino acid sequences forming proteins. There are approximately 20,000 genes in our body, determining many traits from our susceptibility to specific diseases to facial features and more. However, only 2% of the DNA in ourContinue reading “Essay Competition Winner: Artificial Intelligence and its Pursuit of Predicting Gene Expression by Amith Hariharasudhan”

Epigenetics of Mental Health

Seeing that yesterday was World Mental Health Day, we are investigating the fascinating subject of how our genes affect our mental health to celebrate.  As when it comes to anything pertaining ones’ personality and behaviour, we all know that our genetics and environment play a hand-in-hand role. Certain gene variants increase the risk of developingContinue reading “Epigenetics of Mental Health”

Your Genes and Asian Flush

Welcome Welcome to the Genetics Society blog, where I (Leina, hi!) will be posting a little article twice a month. I’ll be giving you the latest deets in the world of genetics, and we’ll learn about current and past research topics impacting our everyday life. In keeping with the freshers theme, for the first post IContinue reading “Your Genes and Asian Flush”

Algal Photobioreactors

Microorganismal algae, perhaps most recognisable blooming on a stagnant lake, offers a great alternative to fossil fuels. Furthermore, selecting for growth traits in these plants gives the potential for ultrahigh biomass productivity, supporting a transition to a cleaner, sustainable energy source. I will discuss the most important features of algae for biofuel production here, asContinue reading “Algal Photobioreactors”

The Genetic Toggle Switch

Synthetic biology, a new and exciting field of biological engineering, investigates how we can re-programme cellular components in a bottom-up approach, building new biological systems from existing and altered parts. An incredible array of creations have sprung to life over the relatively short period since the field’s inception, particularly thanks to the international Genetically EngineeredContinue reading “The Genetic Toggle Switch”

A Model Mushroom

Schizophyllum commune, also known as the split-gill mushroom, may be the most widely distributed and common fungal species on the planet. Not only this, but the intricacies of its reproductive and degradative systems are incredible and unique characteristics which have helped cement it as an important fungal model organism. Here, I’ll present an array ofContinue reading “A Model Mushroom”

Brilliant Brassica

Did you know that broccoli and cauliflower are the same species? No? What if I told you that list also includes kale, cabbage, kohlrabi, romanesco, and many more! These vegetables are cultivars of the species Brassica oleracea, which, through selective breeding and a few genetic hurdles, displays the amazing variety of features we see today.Continue reading “Brilliant Brassica”


What comes to mind when you first hear the term de-extinction? For me, it’s Jurassic-Park-style dinosaur tourism. Modern de-extinction research covers a variety of methods, but due to a series of technical and ethical challenges, such imaginative ideas as modern-day Velociraptor remain infeasible. Here, I’ll explain some of the history of de-extinction research, the practicalitiesContinue reading “De-extinction”