Tim Minchin explains ENCODE

By Aimee Whitcroft 13/09/2012 2

Well, here’s a fun little treat for your 10:30 teatime today.

Anybody following the science news in the last week or two will have heard of the ENCODE results. Basically, we’re just taken a big step towards understanding the complexity of the human genome, and how it all works.  Which is good for a bunch of things, including disease treatment.

What is this big step?  Well, thanks to ENCODE, we now have a much better idea of how our genes are _controlled_ (or regulated, if you want to use the proper term).  It’s all quite complicated, but very interesting.

And now, brilliant comedian Tim Minchin* has produced a video, with nature, called ‘The Story of You: ENCODE and the human genome ‘. Watch and enjoy :)

Related posts:

Peter Dearden explains the ENCODE results over on Southern Genes.

You can also download your copy of the ENCODE poster over on Grant Jacobs’ blog Code for Life.


* If you don’t know who he is, you should. I guess the first place to start would be to watch Storm, but he’s done a bunch of other, brilliant stuff too. Huzzah mad gingers!

2 Responses to “Tim Minchin explains ENCODE”

  • yes but…. Tim Michin’s closing comments “encode hugely advances our understanding of …. how genetic disorders such as cancers or heart disease happen so that one day they’ll be fixable, and a Peter Deardon’s comment that encode is the key to understanding cancer….. could these be modern secular manifestations of the impulse that has driven humans throughout history: fear of death and the quest for eternal life? Is there a Faustian elephant in the room here that could be usefully examined?

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