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Conservation, divergence and functions of centromeric satellite DNA families in the Bovidae

350. Escudeiro A, Adega F, Robinson TJ, Heslop-Harrison JS, Chaves R. 2019. Conservation, divergence, and functions of centromeric satellite DNA families in the Bovidae. Genome Biology and Evolution 11(4):1152–1165. doi:10.1093/gbe/evz061 https://doi.org/10.1093/gbe/evz061 (Open access) Repetitive satellite DNA (satDNA) sequences are abundant in … Continue reading

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ImmunoFISH – Simultaneous visualisation of proteins and DNA sequences gives insight into meiotic processes in nuclei of grasses

Sepsi A, Fábián A, Jäger K, Heslop-Harrison JS, Schwarzacher T. ImmunoFISH: simultaneous visualisation of proteins and DNA sequences gives insight into meiotic processes in nuclei of grasses. Frontiers in Plant Science. 9: 1193. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2018.01193 ImmunoFISH is a method combining immunolabelling (IL) … Continue reading

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Identification and characterization of mobile genetic elements LINEs from Brassica genome

Nouroz F, Noreen S, Khan MF, Ahmed S, Heslop-Harrison JS. 2017. Identification and characterization of mobile genetic elements LINEs from Brassica genomes. Gene 627: 94-105. doi: 10.1016/j.gene.2017.06.015.. Abstract Among transposable elements (TEs), the LTR retrotransposons are abundant followed by nonLTR retrotransposons in … Continue reading

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Polyploidy and interspecific hybridisation: partners for adaptation, speciation and evolution in plants

337. Alix K, Gérard PR, Schwarzacher T, Heslop-Harrison JS. 2017. Polyploidy and interspecific hybridisation: partners for adaptation, speciation and evolution in plants. Annals of Botany 120: 183–194. https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/aob/mcx079 (freely available) Author version (free to post) to come. Figure 1 showing polyploidy or WGD … Continue reading

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Molecular Diversity in some Ghanaian cowpea (Vigna unguiculata) accessions

315. Otwe EP, Agyirifo DS, Galyuon IK, Heslop-Harrison JS. 2017. Molecular Diversity in some Ghanaian Cowpea [Vigna unguiculata L.(Walp)] Accessions. Tropical Plant Biology.:1-11. DOI 10.1007/s12042-017-9184-9 BibT Cowpea [Vigna unguiculata L. (Walp)] is grown mainly for its protein-rich grains and is consumed … Continue reading

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Speciation in Callitriche (Plantaginaceae): the allopolyploid origin of C. platycarpa

Schwarzacher T, Scrocca V, Johnson K, Gornall RJ. 2016. Speciation in Callitriche (Plantaginaceae): the allopolyploid origin of C. platycarpa. New Journal of Botany. 2016 Sep 1;6(2-3):98-101. DOI: 10.1080/20423489.2016.1271293 Genomic in situ hybridisation (GISH) experiments involving hybridising labelled genomic DNA from the diploid … Continue reading

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Characterization and diversity of novel PIF/Harbinger DNA transposons in Brassica genomes

331. Nouroz F, Noreen S, Heslop-Harrison J.S. 2016. Characterization and diversity of novel PIF/Harbinger DNA transposons in Brassica genomes. Pakistani Journal of Botany 48(1): 167-178. http://www.pakbs.org/pjbot/PDFs/48(1)/21.pdf Among DNA transposons, PIF/Harbinger is most recently identified superfamily characterized by 3 bp target … Continue reading

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Saffron crocus, cooking and Iran on the radio

The spice Saffron is valued worldwide for its flavor, aroma and color. I’ve just broadcast an interview with Robin Young produced by Jill Ryan for NPR’s Here and Now program which let me tell you something about my enjoyment of … Continue reading

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Saffron Crocus, quality and fraud in New York Times

Elaine Sciolino discusses saffron in the New York Times. Saffronomics partners Jean Thiercelin and Pat Heslop-Harrison are quoted, with the outcome of the project in developing methods to detect fraud and measure quality. In the article, the special qualities of saffron are discussed … Continue reading

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Banana research at the botanic garden

324. Heslop-Harrison, P. 2015. Banana research at the botanic garden. University of Leicester Botanic Garden Newsletter 12: 4. November 2015. Dessert bananas and the cooking bananas or plantains are among the oldest crops in the world. Most crops were domesticated through a long pathway … Continue reading

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2014 in review: Molecular cytogenetics website activity

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Obviously, my New Year’s Resolution must be to put more of the things I do onto the Molcyt.com website, and not have such long gaps. Of course, … Continue reading

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The damaging bureaucracy of academic peer preview

309. Braben DW, Allen JF, Amos W, Ball R, Birkhead T, Cameron P, Cogdell R, Colquhoun D, Dowler R, Engle I, Fernández-Armesto F, Fitzgerald D, Hall J, Heslop-Harrison P. Herschbach D, Kimble HJ, Kroto H, Ladyman J, Lawrence P, MacIntyre … Continue reading

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Animal Cytogenetics, Gene Mapping and Chromosome Research – The 21st Colloquium Ischia, Naples, Italy

Cytogenetics of animals is moving forward rapidly with the integration of sequencing and robust phylogenies with methods of chromosome analysis. The 21st International Colloquium on Animal Cytogenetics and Gene Mapping held June 2014 covered a range of topics in comparative, molecular, … 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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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 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleListURL&_method=list&_ArticleListID=-275021066&_sort=r&_st=13&view=c&_acct=C000010181&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=123215&md5=a09d86d742e45c2221195d2412799848&searchtype=a With 1600 articles, it’s not … Continue reading

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