Genetics in Your World - podcast

Genetics in your world by the GSA, scientist in lab coat with a globe, mouse, and flyThe Genetics in Your World podcast highlights recent articles published in the GSA journals GENETICS and G3 and shares the story behind the work to make genetics studies more accessible to an interdisciplinary community of scientists. Listen to the Genetics in Your World podcast at Acast.com. This podcast is created by members of the GSA Early Career Scientist Multimedia Subcommittee.

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Ep. 9 Interrogating Fungal Pathogens & Inspired Leadership – A discusion with Christina Cuomo

In this episode of Genetics in Your World, Sarah Renee Phillips interviews Christina Cuomo about her paper “Impact of pathogen genetics on clinical phenotypes in a population of Talaromyces marneffei from Vietnam,” published in the August 2023 issue of GENETICS. Dr. Cuomo elaborates on the diversity and evolution of a deadly fungal pathogen from southeast Asia and how she and her colleagues used a combination of population genomics and genome-wide association studies to identify evolutionary pattern and process as well as genes influencing patient experiences and health outcomes.

Ep. 8 Unexpected Discoveries in Drosophila – A conversation with Hunter Hill

In this installment of Genetics in Your World, we talk to Hunter Hill of the University of Montana. He discusses unexpected recent discoveries made while completing his PhD with Kent Golic at the University of Utah, surrounding new and exciting data about the breakage pattern of chromosomes in Drosophila. Hill provides advice for others when encountering obstacles during their graduate studies. Check out the paper, “Dicentric chromosome breakage in Drosophila melanogaster is influenced by pericentric heterochromatin and occurs in nonconserved hotspots,” published in the June 2023 issue of GENETICS.

Ep. 7 HIMs and ZIMs in C. elegans meiosis – a conversation with Ting Gong

In this installment of Genetics in Your World, we talk to Ting Gong of University of California, Davis. She discusses the surprising results she found when disrupting meiotic chromosome segregation in C. elegans.

Ep. 6 Science is like a detective story – a conversation with Dr. Francis Collins

Join us for a special episode of Genetics in Your World where we interview former National Institutes of Health (NIH) director Dr. Francis Collins. In this episode, Collins discusses his pathway into science, how he deals with failures in research, and his advice for future scientists.

Ep. 5 Happy accidents in the lab – a discussion with Dr. Thomas Merritt

What do penicillin, saccharine, post-it notes, and x-ray machines have in common? They were all the outcome of happy accidents in the laboratory. Listen to Genetics in Your World: Episode 5 to find out how a bad day in the laboratory of Dr. Thomas Merritt was a blessing in disguise.

Ep. 4 A new wormy role model for genetics—a discussion with Dr. Mengyi Cao

A new role model for genetics? Tune into this latest episode of Genetics in Your World podcast where Dr. Cao from Caltech shares her team’s development of a new genetically tractable model system in the #nematode Steinernema hermaphroditum!

Ep. 3 Building a MAP for growth—a discussion with Dr. Rose King

In this episode of Genetics in your world, Dr. King tells us about how she uses a novel tool—a chimeric protein—to induce ectopic microtubule array formation in the nuclei of budding yeast to discover unreported roles of MT-associated proteins. Check out the paper, Microtubule-associated proteins and motors required for ectopic microtubule array formation in Saccharomyces cerevisiae,” which was published in the June 2021 issue of GENETICS.  

Ep. 2 CRISPRi in the fission yeast—a discussion with Dr. Ken Ishikawa

Gene repression with the efficiency and specificity of CRISPR in yeast is no longer a dream! In this episode of Genetics in Your World, Dr. Ishikawa tells us about how he and colleagues adapted CRISPR interference for fission yeast, allowing controllable reversible and efficient transcriptional repression. Check out the paper, “Implementation of dCas9-mediated CRISPRi in the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe,” which was published in the February 2021 issue of G3.

Ep.1 Resistance is Futile: A Discussion with Dr. Richard Gomulkiewicz

In this episode of Genetics in Your World, we speak with Dr. Richard Gomulkiewicz about the evolution of gene drive resistance. With the discovery of CRISPR-Cas systems, scientists realized that they could engineer gene drives for a number of different applications. Using alleles with an “unfair” transmission advantage, we can design gene drives to help eradicate malaria vectors, agricultural pests, or even invasive species. Check out the paper, “Evading resistance to gene drives,” which was published in the February 2021 issue of GENETICS.

Ep.0. A Discussion with Dr. Katherine Maniates

In this episode of Genetics in Your World, we speak with Dr. Katherine Maniates about microRNAs. Make sure to check out the paper, “Sperm fate is promoted by the mir-44 microRNA family in the Caenorhabditis elegans hermaphrodite germline,” which was published in GENETICS in Jan 2021.