Genetics Unzipped

Genetics Unzipped

Genetics Unzipped is a podcast from the UK Genetics Society - one of the oldest learned societies in the world dedicated to supporting and promoting the research, teaching and application of genetics. Find us online at genetics.org.uk... Show More

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August 15, 2019 30 min

In this episode from our centenary series exploring 100 ideas in genetics, we’re telling tales of sex and death, and exploring the very darkest side of genetics - eugenics. 

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August 1, 2019 34 min

We take a trip back into the past to discover the origins of ancient human populations, and into the future to explore the realities of personal genome sequencing.

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July 18, 2019 25 min

We’re exploring the dark heart of the genome, untying nature’s shoelaces, and looking back at the discovery of RNA splicing. 

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July 4, 2019 26 min

We celebrate 100 years of The Genetics Society in suitably scientific style, with the help of Sir Paul Nurse and some fruity DNA cocktails.

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June 20, 2019 26 min

4, 3, 2, 1, go! We’re unravelling the story of the double helix, cracking the triplet code, and sketching out a Punnett square.

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June 6, 2019 22 min

Get lost in the Valley of Hybridisation in the Genetics Society’s medal-winning garden at the Chelsea Flower Show.

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May 23, 2019 19 min

We take the train to London with William Bateson as he brings Mendel's ideas to Britain, seek the secrets of snapdragons, and discover how to build an army of MinIONs.

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May 9, 2019 34 min

We speak with leading geneticist George Church about his plans for the 'Zero dollar genome', plus the story of what happened when one scientist's interest in personal genomics got a little too close to home.

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April 25, 2019 27 min

We reveal the secret identity of cellular skewers, meet the lady behind Lyonisation and solve the case of the missing human chromosomes.

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April 11, 2019 31 min

We ask what would have happened if Darwin had read Mendel? And what if they’d been on Twitter?

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In this episode from our series exploring 100 ideas in genetics, we’re telling the often-overlooked stories of four women who helped to shape the science of life.

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We bring you a very special interview with Mary-Claire King - one of the world’s leading geneticists,

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We find out how genomic medicine is coming into the NHS, and what it means for everyone working in the health service.

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February 28, 2019 19 min

In this episode from our series exploring 100 ideas in genetics, we’re entering the glamorous world of modelling, meeting the supermodels… of science.

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February 14, 2019 30 min

We’re looking at the genetics of failure - why we fail to lose weight thanks to our genes, and why billions of dollars are wasted developing drugs that don’t work.

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January 31, 2019 19 min

In this episode from our series exploring 100 ideas in genetics, we’re digging around in the genetic vegetable patch - from flavourful tomatoes and chunky onion genomes to Mendel’s peas.

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January 17, 2019 32 min

We’re taking a dive into the world of evolutionary genetics to witness the fitness - we ask whether street smart city-dwelling birds are genetically different from their country bumpkin relatives, how butterflies got their brightly patterned wings, and if today’s genetic research would have blown Darwin’s mind.

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In the latest episode of Genetics Unzipped, we hunt down the gene for Huntington’s disease, find out why a chicken virus has won three Nobel prizes, and discover the amazing science of spidergoats.

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We’re going behind the scenes at the iconic Royal Institution Christmas Lectures with Professors Alice Roberts and Aoife McLysaght - plus the fire-obsessed demonstration expert Fran Scott - to find the answer to the question “Who am I?”

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December 12, 2018 5 min

Hello, and welcome to Genetics Unzipped - the Genetics Society podcast, with me, Dr Kat Arney. This is a little taster of the kind of things you can expect over the coming months, as we celebrate one hundred years at the forefront of genetics, and I’m very much looking forward to you joining me on a journey through the world of genes, genomes and DNA.

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