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News from the Molecular Cytogenetics group, University of Leicester UK about repetitive DNA, genome evolution, chromosomes, hybridization and more.

Discussing diversity, genes and the future of bananas on the BBC Food Programme

Pat Heslop-Harrison was interviewed for BBC Radio 4 “The Food Programme”. I have posted some of the points I wanted to make on, and a link to the whole interesting programme including my interview is here after broadcast of … Continue reading

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9th European Cytogenetics Conference to discuss chromosomes, polyploidy and nuclear architecture

I was at ECA2013 in Dublin to discuss chromosomes. Workshops on molecular cytogenetics, array CGH, and “Plant, animal and comparative cytogenetics” were included (as well as many parallel ones on prenatal diagnostics, cancers, mutagenesis and ethics, which I could not … Continue reading

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Preserving genetic resources in agriculture: saffron and other EU projects

Maintaining and developing sustainable uses for agricultural genetic resources is essential for ensuring food security in a sustainable manner. In this report, the outcomes of 17 EU projects on genetic resources in animals, arable crops, forest trees and “fruits, vegetables and spices” … Continue reading

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New lecturer (assistant professor) post in plant sciences at Leicester UK

Lecturer (Assistant Professor) Post in Plant Sciences, University of Leicester, UK We are seeking to appoint a permanent molecular/cellular biologist to undertake basic research relevant to plant sciences which also integrates closely with our cross-cutting College research themes in Molecular and … Continue reading

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Polyploidy and molecular cytogenetics at #ECA2013

My talk for the European Cytogeneticists Association meeting in Dublin is on Molecular Cytogenetics and polyploidy. The slides are posted on Slideshare and embedded below. The direct link is here: Here are the slides: Polyploidy and molecular cytogenetics in … Continue reading

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Chromosome Bridge, Polyploidy and CD Darlington in Brenner’s Encyclopedia of Genetics

297. Heslop-Harrison JS. 2013. Three articles: Cyril D Darlington; Polyploidy; and (with JP Bailey) Chromosome bridge. From Brenner’s Encyclopedia of Genetics. 2nd edition. Elsevier. Brenner’s Encyclopedia of Genetics is now edited by Kelly Hughes and Stanley Maloy With 1600 articles, it’s not … Continue reading

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Worku Mhiret: Biodiversity and its exploitation in Ethiopian Linseed

Worku Mhiret from the University of Gondar, Ethiopia and Pat Heslop-Harrison (University of Leicester, UK) are working on linseed or flax: measuring the diversity of accessions from Ethiopia and comparing this with varieties from Ireland, Canada and elsewhere. We are … Continue reading

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New molecular cytogenetics group homepage at

I’ve released our new design for the website. Like many other people with websites designed 5 years ago, the old design was very “Web 1.0” with no feedbacks, social media links or other active content. And updates had been … Continue reading

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