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Genetics Unzipped podcast: Genes and giants – the science of big and small

Posted by , on 6 May 2021

Charles Byrne, the Irish Giant: By Thomas Rowland. Published by T Smith © The Trustees of the British Museum, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

In the latest episode of Genetics Unzipped, Kat Arney takes a look at the genetics of giants and the science of small. Why do some species grow so large? What’s the genetic legacy behind Charles Byrne and the Giants of Ireland? And what was it about life on a Mediterranean island that miniaturised a mammoth?

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