The importance and use of the Drosophila sp. as an animal model has revolutionized the field of genetics and molecular biology. In 1909, T.H. Morgan used the fruit flies for the first time in his laboratory. Since that day many milestone discoveries have been made in the field Continue reading The fly saga: How Drosophila became the queen of genetics
Did you know that there are fewer human cells in our body than bacterial cells? For the human body to contain anything other than our own cells has always caused controversy; however, the idea of a second genome has been around for a while. Continue reading What is the Second Genome and how does it affect us?
The importance of conservation is ever growing as our planet and ecosystems are rapidly changing of particular interest in the UK is the European hedgehog. Continue reading In silico development of novel microsatellite markers in the European hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus)
There is a historical precedent for major scientific advances that have come from those who have not necessarily followed the traditional academic route for their field. The field of genetics has been no exception to this phenomenon, from its conception by a particularly tenacious Augustinian monk to the somewhat less well-known story of a certain English public school teacher, Ronald Fisher. Continue reading Biometricians vs Mendelians: What a century old debate ago can teach researchers today