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Made the Same Way: DNA dancing like your parents in the kitchen

Posted by , on 5 May 2023

In the third episode of the Human Developmental Biology Initiative‘s new podcast, scientist Magomet ‘Mag’ Aushev, a postdoctoral researcher in Mary Herbert‘s lab at Newcastle University, meets Zara, a songwriter and performer from Manchester. The two discuss the very first cell divisions after an egg is fertilised and why a better understanding of very early development may impact fertility treatment and regenerative medicine of the future.

At the end of the episode, the pair write and record an original piece of music inspired by their conversation, exploring the science of human development in a brand new way.

“It really is like a universe on its own, a single cell.”

– Mag Aushev

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About the participants

Prior to joining HDBI, Magomet was applying genome editing for the treatment of genetic diseases and is now using it to generate reporter embryos to study early development. In his spare time Magomet works on machine learning pet projects and plays the guitar.

Zara is a song writer and performer – specialist mic controller (rapper)! She considers herself a philosopher, which comes across in her music, often covering about existential topics – love, happiness , grief, identity, self belief, overcoming trauma. 

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