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24 Species of Christmas: Reindeer
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These animals need no introduction – it’s reindeer!

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Mitosis in a Winter Wonderland
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Interphase isn't subtle, DNA's gonna' double, come on for the ride and watch me divide, mitosis in a winter wonderland.

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The Biology of Heritable Memories
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Can we inherit memories? This controversial idea, which goes back to antiquity, was rejected since it violates a fundamental dogma known as “The Second Law of Biology”.

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Hacking Bacteria To Fight Disease
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Explore how synthetic biologists are programming bacteria to fight cancer by manipulating their DNA.

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Christmas Tree Genetics
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Postdoctoral research scholar Lilian Matallana spends a lot of time rockin' around the Christmas tree! Find out how Dr Matallana works to create a more desirable Christmas tree by examining the genetic makeup of Fraser firs.

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Why Would Anyone Want To Make Fish Glow?
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The glow of glowing fish comes from the jellyfish Aequorea victoria. The GFP gene from Aequorea victoria was transferred to a zebrafish, where it is expressed in the muscle cells of the zebrafish. Interestingly creating glowing fish for pets wasn't the original purpose of the experiment. Instead these glowing fish were designed to sense toxins in the environment.

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The Darwin Tree of Life Project
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Professor Mark Blaxter, Lead of the Tree of Programme at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, explains how the Darwin Tree of Life project will help conservation efforts across the UK. The ambitious project aims to ultimately read the DNA code (genomes) of all 60,000 complex species (birds, animals, fish, plants and parasites) found in the UK.

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Convention on the Rights of the Child Stored in DNA
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EMBL's European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) has helped UNICEF store the text of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in synthetic DNA. The capsule containing the DNA will be safely kept in the permafrost in the Arctic World Archive, in Svalbard, Norway.

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Decoding Cancer Immunology: Hunting Hidden Tumors
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The immune system is constantly on the lookout for threats, but cancer isn’t always easy to spot. Some cancer cells can fly under the radar. Now, advanced sequencing technologies are enabling scientists to investigate the unique genetics of both cancers and immune responses in individual patients. This means researchers can develop treatments that boost the immune system and help the body win its battle against cancer.

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The Remarkable Flexibility of Our Genome
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Dr. Yonatan Stelzer is an expert in the emerging field of epigenetics, which allows interruption of genetic code in many different ways, determining what cells will become. By decoding epigenetics in a normal developmental context, he is hoping to learn how these key processes can go awry, leading to diseases and cancer.

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