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Genetics Unzipped – Poop, pus and the Manhattan Project: how we learned to spell the genetic alphabet

Posted by on February 27th, 2020

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.

New Light on Old Britons – podcasts from the 2019 Galton Institute symposium

Posted by on December 19th, 2019

Who were the ancient Britons? And what can modern genetic and archaeological techniques tell us about their lives and loves?

Genetics Unzipped – When ‘Becky’ met Bateson: Edith Rebecca Saunders, the mother of British plant genetics

Posted by on October 24th, 2019

Unearthing the story of Edith Rebecca Saunders, the ‘mother of British plant genetics’.

Genetics Unzipped podcast: Genetics by numbers

Posted by on June 20th, 2019

We’re unravelling the story of the double helix, cracking the triplet code, and sketching out a Punnett square.

Imaging by computer and drawing by hand

Posted by on March 19th, 2019

An artist and a cultural historian of science visiting the European Molecular Biology Lab (EMBL) Gemma Anderson (University of Exeter) and Janina Wellmann (MECS, Leuphana University Lüneburg) Since Steve Woolgar’s and Bruno Latour’s study Laboratory Life was published in 1979 it has become part of the repertoire of STS scholars and anthropologists to visit the[…]

Seeing Further

Posted by on March 29th, 2011

The Royal Society has collected a series of images that illustrate the moment important scientific discoveries were made. This “Moments of Seeing Further” collection includes a notebook sketch from 1980, contributed by Sir John E. Sulston and depicting cell division in C. elegans – work that contributed to the discovery of the fate map of[…]