Real-Time Gene Monitoring and Family Trees
Imagine having GeneVision: the uncanny ability to view the activity of any chosen gene in real time through a specially modified camera.
With GeneVision, military commanders could compare gene expression in victorious and defeated troops. Retailers could track genes related to craving as shoppers moved about a store. “The Bachelor” would enjoy yet one more secret advantage over his love-struck dates.
A new study in BMC Biotechnology correlates real-time gene expression with movement and behavior for the first time. The proof-of-concept experiment in fruit flies opens a new door for the study of genes’ influence on behavior.
Sounds interesting, doesn’t it? With real-time gene monitoring, we could analyze the pathogeneses of diseases more accurately or watch the effects of specific drugs in real-time in vivo.
I also wanted to share a few other sites with you such as:
- FamilyTreeDNA: genetic genealogy organization
- FamilyBuilder: they offer a YDNA test kit for males only, and an mtDNA test kit for both males and females.
I’m about to build a database of useful genetics-related links so feel free to share any promising sites/services with us.