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  • Reading the book of our DNA

    How can we find new technologies which will help us analyse the genome quickly and more cheaply? In the video, scientists explain to us why they are close to coming to a solution where the method will be available in everyday medicine which will help improve treatment. 

  • What my genes say about me

    Did you know that how you perceive tastes depends on your genes? That and many other traits. Learn how DNA passes on its message, factors that influence how it works and recent advances in genetics which mean we can now carry out more personalised studies. 

  • Do we speak the same genome?

    In this video, researchers explain to us a new project which attempts to unify the method used in different laboratories to read the information written in genes. The aim is to made advances in the techniques which will help us discover more about the genetic base of diseases which should help us prevent, diagnose and treat them. 

  • Obesity, a health problem

    Unhealthy meals can lead to obesity, which in turn can cause other diseases. Obesity has increased and will continue to increase in the coming years, but we can help prevent it. What additional factors, apart from diet, are involved?

  • Biotechnology, life with us

    What is biotechnology? What is it used for? How long has man been using live organisms to obtain products useful for human life? What type of therapies has biotechnology brought us in the field of biomedicine? 

  • Understanding schizophrenia

    In this video, a couple of psychiatrists and a researcher explain a project which aims to discover the genetic and environmental causes of this disorder which affects around 1% of young people. We still don't know what mechanisms cause it or how it can be cured, but we're working on it. 

  • Early life origins of obesity

    In this video, different doctors explain a new project which studies the causes of obesity and diabetes. Its aim is to investigate the relationship between genes and our environment. The study involves a community in southern Asia which shows high levels of obesity, right from pregnancy. 

  • Check that you have the correct DNA sample for your research!

    Phase 1: With the genetic material necessary for producing EPO to hand, you'll be invited to perform translation in order to obtain the protein. With the help of the computer you'll then check if you've obtained the desired protein and will know if the genetic material is fit for purpose. 

    Once you've done that you can move onto phase 2. You'll need to save your DNA sequence for...

  • Here you will find a protocol and a PowerPoint presentation to perform a bacterial transformation in a lab. The protocol follows a line of biomedical research focusing on the study of a possible therapeutic target that could be recognised by a drug for atherosclerosis.

    This experimental protocol is the ideal opportunity for you to reproduce an experiment exactly how it is done at...