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From Mendel's peas to personal genome sequencing, Genetics Unzipped brings you stories from the world of genes, genomes and DNA. In association with The Genetics Society.

From Mendel's peas to personal genome sequencing, Genetics Unzipped brings you stories from the world of genes, genomes and DNA. In association with The Genetics Society.

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United Kingdom

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From Mendel's peas to personal genome sequencing, Genetics Unzipped brings you stories from the world of genes, genomes and DNA. In association with The Genetics Society.

Language:

English


Episodes

S408 Making better medicines: unlocking the promise of genomics for drug discovery

4/22/2021
Full show notes, transcript, music credits and references online at GeneticsUnzipped.com Follow us on Twitter @GeneticsUnzip Genetics Unzipped is written and presented by Kat Arney with audio production by Hannah Varrall. This podcast is produced by First Create the Media for the Genetics Society - one of the oldest learned societies in the world dedicated to supporting and promoting the research, teaching and application of genetics.

Duration:00:40:02

S407: A brief history of CRISPR: how we learned to edit the genome

4/8/2021
We take a look at the history of gene editing, from the early days of restriction enzymes in the 1960s through to the CRISPR revolution and the very latest base editing techniques. Full show notes, transcript, music credits and references online at GeneticsUnzipped.com Follow us on Twitter @GeneticsUnzip Genetics Unzipped is written and presented by Kat Arney with audio production by Hannah Varrall. With additional research and scripting by Emily Nordvang. This podcast is produced by...

Duration:00:36:24

Suffrage Science: Dr Tamsin Edwards

4/1/2021
An interview with climate scientist Dr Tamsin Edwards from the Suffrage Science podcast: How women are changing science, from the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences Suffrage Science scheme. Subscribe to the Suffrage Science podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts to get the rest. Find out more about the Suffrage Science scheme at suffragescience.org and get full transcripts from suffragescience.org/podcast.

Duration:00:33:39

S406: Giving nature a helping hand: how humans are shaping species

3/25/2021
We take a look at how humans have shaped animal species all over the world with author Helen Pilcher. Alex Ball from the Wild Genes project explains how genetics helps conservation, and we meet Bill Ritchie, the man who cloned Dolly the Sheep. Full show notes, transcript, music credits and references online at GeneticsUnzipped.com Follow us on Twitter @GeneticsUnzip Genetics Unzipped is written and presented by Kat Arney with audio production by Hannah Varrall. This podcast is produced...

Duration:00:48:02

S405: How to be a superhero: the hidden powers within your genes

3/11/2021
We’re exploring the idea of genetic superheroes, and why you might have hidden health powers within your genes. Full show notes, transcript, music credits and references online at GeneticsUnzipped.com Follow us on Twitter @GeneticsUnzip Genetics Unzipped is written and presented by Kat Arney with audio production by Hannah Varrall. This podcast is produced by First Create the Media for the Genetics Society - one of the oldest learned societies in the world dedicated to supporting and...

Duration:00:30:00

S4.04 - Dogology: The genetics of our four-legged friends

2/25/2021
Is there a gene for being a Very Good Dog or having a boopable snoot? And how do you turn a fearsome wolf into a pug in a party hat? Full show notes, transcript, music credits and references online at GeneticsUnzipped.com Follow us on Twitter @GeneticsUnzip Genetics Unzipped is written and presented by Kat Arney with audio production by Hannah Varrall and additional research and reporting by Georgia Mills This podcast is produced by First Create the Media for the Genetics Society - one...

Duration:00:44:13

S4.03 - A dominant character: The life of JBS Haldane

2/11/2021
Kat Arney and Samanth Subramanian look at the extraordinary life of JBS Haldane, whose work, writing and political leanings made him one of the most interesting characters of 20th century genetics. Full show notes, transcript, music credits and references online at GeneticsUnzipped.com Follow us on Twitter @GeneticsUnzip Genetics Unzipped is written and presented by Kat Arney with audio production by Hannah Varrall. This podcast is produced by First Create the Media for the Genetics...

Duration:00:34:11

S4.02 - 100 not out? Genes and ageing

1/28/2021
Andrew Steele, author of Ageless, and researcher Raheleh Rahbari talk about the genetic changes that underpin ageing, and how we can use this knowledge to live longer, healthier lives. Full show notes, transcript, music credits and references online at GeneticsUnzipped.com Follow us on Twitter @GeneticsUnzip Genetics Unzipped is written and presented by Kat Arney with audio production by Hannah Varrall. This podcast is produced by First Create the Media for the Genetics Society - one of...

Duration:00:35:29

S4.01 Genes and Vaccines: Where mRNA COVID-19 vaccines came from and how they work

1/14/2021
We take a look at the history of mRNA, and the story behind the development of mRNA vaccines and how they’ve been pressed into service at breakneck speed to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. Full show notes, transcript, music credits and references online at GeneticsUnzipped.com Follow us on Twitter @GeneticsUnzip Genetics Unzipped is written and presented by Kat Arney with audio production by Hannah Varrall. This podcast is produced by First Create the Media for the Genetics Society - one...

Duration:00:36:38

S3.28 *Repost* Chimps, cancer genes and missing kids: An interview with Mary-Claire King

1/7/2021
In this reposted episode from March 2019, 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. Full show notes, transcript, music credits and references online at GeneticsUnzipped.com Follow us on Twitter @GeneticsUnzip Genetics Unzipped is written and presented by Kat Arney with audio...

Duration:00:32:53

S3.27 *Repost* Not just the wife

12/31/2020
We’re reposting some of our favourite episodes over the holiday period. In this episode from March 2019, we told the often-overlooked stories of four women who helped to shape the science of life: Esther Lederberg, Harriet Creighton, Tsuneko Okazaki and Martha Chase. Full show notes, transcript, music credits and references online at GeneticsUnzipped.com Follow us on Twitter @GeneticsUnzip Genetics Unzipped is written and presented by Kat Arney with audio production by Hannah Varrall and...

Duration:00:32:03

Genetics Shambles 12: 9 Lessons and Carols for Socially Distanced People

12/24/2020
Audio EDIT REMOVE The last episode of Genetics Shambles comes from the Cosmic Shambles 25-hour marathon event, 9 Lessons and Carols for Socially Distanced People, broadcast live on Saturday 12th through to Sunday 13th December 2020. Shambler-In-Chief Robin Ince chats with geneticist Emma Hodcroft, medical doctor Kevin Fong and immunology expert Dan Davis about what we’ve learned over the past year about COVID-19, vaccines and the way ahead. To view previous episodes in the Genetics...

Duration:00:39:33

S3.26 *Repost* When 'Becky' met Bateson: Edith Rebecca Saunders, the mother of British plant genetics

12/17/2020
Repost from October 2019. The history of genetics has a few famous partnerships - such as James Watson and Francis Crick or Francois Jacob and Jacques Monod. But there’s one pair without whom this podcast wouldn’t exist at all, and that’s Edith Rebecca Saunders and William Bateson, who founded The Genetics Society one hundred years ago. But while Bateson tends to get the glory, particularly for his popularisation of Gregor Mendel’s ideas about heredity, much less is heard about Saunders -...

Duration:00:32:51

S3.25 *Repost* Uprooting the tree of life: Darwin, DNA and de-extinction

12/10/2020
Repost from November 2019 We’re uprooting the tree of life - asking whether we should believe our eyes or our sequencing machines when it comes to deciding what makes a species. Plus, the greatest comebacks of all time - we look at the science of de-extinction and find out whether Jurassic Park could ever become a reality. Full show notes, transcript, music credits and references online at GeneticsUnzipped.com [UPDATE LINK to URL for latest episode] Follow us on Twitter...

Duration:00:30:05

Are my hormones making me fat? Hormones: The Inside Story

12/3/2020
We bring you a sneak peek of a new science podcast that you might also enjoy, brought to you by the Society for Endocrinology and produced by First Create the Media - the team behind Genetics Unzipped. Presented by Georgia Mills, Hormones: The Inside Story uncovers the truth about how hormones affect stress, sleep, body fat, fertility and almost every aspect of our daily lives and health in this new, expert-led, myth-busting show. Available now on Podbean, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts,...

Duration:00:28:41

Genetics Shambles 11: In conversation with Prof Steve Jones

11/26/2020
Robin Ince sits down for a chat with Steve Jones, Emeritus Professor of Human Genetics at UCL. Steve is one of the foremost and most popular science writers on the subject of evolution and genetics and is also a world-leading expert on snails. To view previous episodes in the Genetics Shambles series head to Cosmicshambles.com Follow us on Twitter @GeneticsUnzip

Duration:00:42:31

S3.24 Best bits of 2020

11/19/2020
We look back over our favourite bits from the podcast over the year, from dark family secrets revealed by genetic testing to the secret scientific history of bird poop. Jack Nunn - hidden family secrets revealed Listen to the full episode The bird poop boom Listen to the full episode Ewen’s angry birds Listen to the full episode Darwin’s finches Listen to the full episode Sarah Tishkoff Listen to the full episode Full show notes, transcript, music credits and references online at...

Duration:00:32:07

Genetics Shambles 10: In conversation with Prof Aoife McLysaght

11/12/2020
Robin Ince sits down for a chat with Aoife McLysaght, Professor in the Molecular Evolution Laboratory of the Smurfit Institute of Genetics, University of Dublin, Trinity College and one of the 2018 Royal Institution Christmas Lecturers. This series of Genetics Shambles is presented in association with The Genetics Society and The Milner Centre for Evolution. Find out more at CosmicShambles.com. To view previous episodes in the Genetics Shambles series head to Cosmicshambles.com Follow us...

Duration:00:50:15

S3.23 Heat, Stick, Duplicate, Repeat: The Story Of The Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)

11/5/2020
Anyone who has worked with DNA in the laboratory is undoubtedly familiar with the polymerase chain reaction - PCR, as it’s usually known. Invented in 1985, PCR is an indispensable molecular biology tool that can replicate any stretch of DNA, copying it billions of times in a matter of hours, providing enough DNA to use in sequencing or further research, or for applications like forensics, genetic testing, ancient DNA analysis or medical diagnostics. It’s hard to overstate the...

Duration:00:30:01

Genetics Shambles 9: The ethics of genetics

10/29/2020
Whenever the topic of genetics is mentioned this is always a question of ethics not far behind. Whether that is in Stem Cell research, genetic modification or even basic healthcare. In this show Robin chats to two experts in the field. Dr Sarah Chan is Chancellor’s Fellow in Ethics and Science Communicator in The Usher Institute at the University of Edinburgh. Professor Anna Middleton leads the Society and Ethics Research Group in Connecting Science. She is also Professor/Affiliate Lecturer...

Duration:00:53:38