Dr. Kat Arney talks to George Church about his plans for the ‘Zero Dollar Genome’, and finds out how one scientist’s interest in personal genomics got a little too close to home.
In this episode from our series exploring 100 ideas in genetics, we explore the discovery of chromosomes – the strands of genetic material within every living cell – take a look at Lyonisation, and solve the case of the missing chromosomes.
What would have happened if Darwin had read Mendel? And what if they’d been on Twitter? Plus, something else that Darwin would have loved – an ambitious project to sequence the DNA of everything across the tree of life.
March 2019 episodes:
In every other episode of Genetics Unzipped, we’re celebrating the Genetics Society’s centenary year by exploring some of the top 100 ideas in genetics. This time it’s the stories of four women who have often been overlooked in the history of 20th century genetics: Esther Lederberg, Harriet Creighton, Tsuneko Okazaki and Martha Chase.
In this episode we bring you a very special interview with Mary-Claire King – one of the world’s leading geneticists, whose work has spanned everything from comparing chimps and humans to finding the first breast cancer gene to reuniting families that have been torn apart.
This special episode is brought to you in association with the Genomics Education programme – part of Health Education England. We’ll be finding out how genomic medicine is coming into the NHS, and what it means for everyone working in the health service.
February 2019 episodes:
In this episode from our series exploring 100 ideas in genetics, we’re entering the glamorous world of modelling, meeting the supermodels… of science. We’re taking a look at some of the field’s top models – the eclectic collection of organisms that have been put to work in the lab to reveal the secrets of biology.
In this episode we’re looking at the genetics of failure – we talk to Dr Giles Yeo about why we fail to lose weight thanks to our genes, and why ignoring genetic information and DNA diversity leads to billions of dollars being wasted on drugs that don’t work.