Red X iconGreen tick iconYellow tick icon

Gene Genie: Conservation genomics

BBC 4 science presenter and geneticist Dr Adam Rutherford looked at the implications of the increasing availability of genetic information for sex, paternity, medicine, weight control, food, species restoration and perhaps even human survival in a five-part discussion series broadcast by RNZ: Gene Genie (2016).

Allan Wilson at Otago members Neil Gemmell and Michael Knapp participated in the Conservation genomics discussion:

Gene Genie series (52:43 duration), Royal Society's website

Males inherit more genetic flaws from their mothers than females

Certain types of mutations only have negative consequences when passed from women to their sons, according to studies. Speaking with UK's The Telegraph (June, 2015) genetist Prof Neil Gemmell, from the University of Otago, said: "I called it mother's curse—it's I guess an unfortunate accident of the maternal inheritance that means the male offspring are cursed, or bestowed with suboptimal mitochondrial types," because such DNA caused no problems in women.

Males inherit more genetic flaws from their mothers than females, research shows The Telegraph website

Mapping Unusual Genomes: Platypus and Tuatara

Geneticist Neil Gemmell says the genomes of both the platypus and tuatara are important for shedding light on the evolution of vertebrates. He is interviewed on Radio New Zealand's A Changing World, December 2014.

Mapping unusual genomes: Playtpus and Tuatara (16:23 duration) Radio New Zealand's website

Back to top