Kat Arney reflects on the life and work of Dame Anne McLaren, one of the leading embryologists of the 20th century.
We explore the genetic diversity in Africa and discover how researchers can read the cultural and historical stories written in DNA.
There’s more to the story of the double helix than Watson and Crick. We unwind history to uncover some of the less well-known figures behind the discovery of the structure and function of DNA.
We find out why it’s so important to make sure that both academic and commercial genomic research studies are done with rather than on participants.
We take a look at the story of genetic fingerprinting, and some of the earliest cases solved by this game-changing technique.
In this episode, we’re taking a look at some of the common myths and misconceptions surrounding genomics and genetic tests.
The genetic code is written in just four ‘letters – A, C, T and G, short for adenine, cytosine, thymine and guanine. But where did they come from? To find out, we need to go back to the Bird Poop Boom of the 1840s.
Adam Rutherford tells us how to argue with a racist, hunting for ghosts in the genome, and recreating the discovery of the double helix in Lego.
We’re discovering our inner fish: finding out whether we really do go through a fishy phase in the womb, and looking at the legacy of Tiktaalik, the first fish to walk on land.
What happens when an innocent genetic test reveals hidden family secrets?