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Genetics Unzipped podcast: A dominant character – The life of JBS Haldane

Posted by , on 11 February 2021

JBS Haldane
JBS Haldane – Smithsonian Institution Archives, CC0

In the latest episode of Genetics Unzipped we’re taking a look at the life of JBS Haldane, whose work, writing and dominant personality made him one of the most interesting characters of 20th century genetics.

As well as being an insightful scientist, fearless self-experimenter and artful communicator, Haldane’s political leanings also affected his approach to science – even at the expense of the scientific rigour that he usually applied to his endeavours.

Kat Arney speaks with Samanth Subramanian, author of the new biography A Dominant Character: The Radical Science and Restless Politics of J.B.S. Haldane to find out more about Haldane’s life, work and complex legacy.

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