Posts Tagged ‘genetics’
I like non-fiction and I loved Forever young: Science and the search for immortality.
The book covers Alzheimer’s, Genetics and Organ Replacement well and although it helps that I have some medical knowledge it’s not difficult for a layman to understand. The genetics portion is very interesting, and I learned a lot about enzyms and the inner workings of the human brain.
Naturally I’ve started taking my NSAIDs to prevent Alzheimer.
So all that knowledge I learned when I was writing the article on DNA sequencing finally has its use, I just read DNA sewing machine: “Japanese scientists have made a micro-sized sewing machine to sew long threads of DNA into shape.”
It’s not really sewing, it’s unravelling a coiled DNA strand to make it possible to see the genetic markers or probes. The PCR primers which I was using to find genetic defects on the strand in a previous article, straightening the DNA strand makes viewing it easier.
You know how it goes, you’re working on a project and are stuck on a problem. How do I perform this task? It’s often a knowledge gap, and that was true for me which working on Happy News and Genes. Usually it resolves itself when someone fills in the blanks, in this case the article 10 Tips For Designing PCR Primers That Work.
Some handy links to help me further:
- Primer Design
- Guidelines on the primer design for PCR cloning
- Molecular Biology : PCR : PCR Primer
- PCR Primer Design and Reaction Optimization
Happy news, good friends of mine are the proud new parents or a baby girl. They had a shock when the doctors told them many of the indicators for Down Syndrome, which they are now checking. I hope it all goes well for them.
Naturally hearing this made me wonder about myself, Wired recently posted Check Yourself for Genetic Abnormalities. Naturally I don’t really want it done by an expert, it’s more fun to do it yourself so I skipped right done to Perform Lab Tests at Home.
I’ll take you through the steps: Read the rest of this entry »