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There are 17 item(s) tagged with the keyword "Genetics".

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1. Down in the bottom of the deep blue sea

Deep sea covers most of our planet and yet we know more about the surface of the moon than its dark depths.

Tags: Antarctic, Biodiversity, Fish, Genetics, Marine life, Oceans, Reefs
2. Devil rays get worldwide protection, and genetic tools could catch out illegal traders

Devil rays, close cousins of the enormous manta rays, are stars of nature documentaries. These charismatic creatures are under threat from humans, specifically, because of the gill plate trade.

Tags: Biodiversity, Conservation, Fish, Genetics, Marine life, Oceans
3. Bug brother is watching you

Scientists have spent several years filming a field of crickets in Spain with more than 140 digital video cameras to find out more about what makes them tick.

Tags: Insects, Biology, Genetics
4. The failure of genomics

Biology is in the grip of a genomics revolution - but Mark Viney thinks this may have taken a wrong turn. He says that just DNA sequencing genes isn't enough - we need to get back to finding out what each one does.

Tags: Biodiversity, Biology, Genetics
5. The future of tree health

Ancient mainstays of our woodlands, hedgerows and parklands are at risk from a surge of pests and diseases - but a new research programme is bringing experts together from many fields to find solutions.

Tags: Biodiversity, Biology, Conservation, Ecology, Forests, Genetics, Hazards, Invasive species, Plants, UK
6. From the age of the dinosaurs?

The term 'living fossil' was coined by Darwin and has since been applied to various species that appear not to have changed for millions of years. But when Africa Gómez and colleagues took a closer look at tadpole shrimps they concluded we should ditch the term for good.

Tags: Evolution, Genetics, Marine life, Rivers and lakes
7. Podcast: The evolution of the British peppered moth

This week in the Planet Earth podcast, Ilik Saccheri and Arjen van 't Hof of the University of Liverpool describe how the British peppered moth changed from peppered to black during the Industrial Revolution in northern England.

Tags: Evolution, Genetics, Insects, Podcasts, Pollution, UK
8. Genetically engineered flies could save fruit crops

Fruit crops ravaged by the Mediterranean fruit fly could be saved by genetic engineering, say scientists who have altered the genes of some male flies so they can only produce sons.

Tags: Biology, Genetics, Insects, Plants, UK
9. Anti-depressants disrupt fish's brains

Drugs designed to ease the symptoms of mental health problems such as depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress can have major disruptive effects on aquatic animals' brains, say scientists.

Tags: Animals, Biology, Ecology, Fish, Genetics, Hazards, Health, Rivers and lakes
10. New water bear found in Antarctica

Scientists have announced the discovery of a tiny new animal in Antarctica's Victoria Land.

Tags: Animals, Antarctic, Biodiversity, Biology, Genetics

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