In the build-up to its 20th anniversary, BBSRC is supporting The Royal Institution 'Life Fantastic' Christmas Lectures and online advent calendar, to help spread the word about world-leading bioscience.
BBSRC-funded biologist Alison Woollard's three-part series for the famous Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, entitled 'Life Fantastic', will be broadcast between Christmas and New Year on BBC Four.
The BBSRC-funded 2013 Ri online advent calendar features a different video each day between 1 December and Christmas Eve, to highlight each of the 23 pairs of human chromosomes, and the mitochondrial DNA that make up the building blocks of human life: www.rigb.org.uk/advent
BBSRC-funded researchers feature in the videos, including:
Professor Russell Foster, head of the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology at the University of Oxford, explains why chromosome 10 is his favourite – it's the one that encodes for special light receptors in the eye that govern the body's biological clock: www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4oep6vk0kU
Dr Alison Woollard uses tiny mutant worms to try to understand how over-expression of a gene can lead to tumors. It is hoped these valuable insights will help us in the fight against cancer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLP2k6jlaig&list=PLbnrZHfNEDZzmKKvdLUKVGpaQeg4tVrPi&index=7
Dr Fatima Santos of the Babraham Institute, which receives strategic funding from BBSRC, explains how chromosome 11 is an important tool because of its role in understanding epigenetics – how the expression of genes is controlled and regulated throughout different cells in organisms, all throughout their lives. The study of epigenetics is also revealing that some of our life experiences, exposure to nutrients, stresses or toxins for example, might even be passed from generation to generation.
Notes to editors
These videos were produced by the Royal Institution as part of their Ri Advent Calendar series on chromosomes, which is supported by BBSRC.
Watch the full series of Ri Advent Calendar chromosome videos.
The Royal Institution: www.rigb.org