We share over 98% of our genes with the little worm C. elegans, one of the super models of genetic scientific research. Meanwhile we look completely different from this transparent distant cousin. The few genes we don't have in common must have a lot of impact.
Genetics is booming business. Scientists are searching for the genetic interactions that make a difference: differences between one species and another, differences between individuals of one species and even differences between copies within a species. How important are these genetic differences? What are the consequences of genetic mutations? And can we implement these genetic insights into new gene therapies? In the series ‘Genetics’, Fast Facts collects scientists who perform research in this field.
How does a fertilized egg cell develop into an adult body? What happens when this goes wrong? And can you repair body tissue with the bodies own cells? At the Hubrecht Institute an international group of top scientists studies these questions.