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From Mendel's peas to personal genome sequencing, Genetics Unzipped brings you stories from the world of genes, genomes and DNA. In association with The Genetics Society.

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From Mendel's peas to personal genome sequencing, Genetics Unzipped brings you stories from the world of genes, genomes and DNA. In association with The Genetics Society.

    S3.02 - Hidden family secrets revealed by genetic testing

    S3.02 - Hidden family secrets revealed by genetic testing

    It’s become cheaper and easier than ever to access genetic testing, and more and more people are having their genomes ‘done’ for reasons of personal interest, health or ancestry. But what happens when an innocent genetic investigation reveals dark family secrets? And how do we properly engage and inform people about genetic testing and research, so that they really know what they’re getting into?

    • 34 min
    S3.01 - Investigating the icons of evolution, from Darwin's Finches to the March of Progress

    S3.01 - Investigating the icons of evolution, from Darwin's Finches to the March of Progress

    In this episode from our centenary series exploring 100 ideas in genetics, we’re exploring a couple of iconic images in evolution - the much-parodied March of Progress, portraying the inexorable journey from monkey to man, and the famous finches of the Galapagos islands, which are supposedly the inspiration for Charles Darwin’s theory of natural selection. Where did these infamous images come from, and do they really show what everyone seems to think they do?

    • 22 min
    S2.07 New Light on Old Britons - Professor Turi King

    S2.07 New Light on Old Britons - Professor Turi King

    Professor Turi King from the University of Leicester reveals the secrets of the Y chromosome and how the remains of Richard III were identified.

    • 10 min
    S2.06 New Light on Old Britons - Professor Sir Barry Cunliffe

    S2.06 New Light on Old Britons - Professor Sir Barry Cunliffe

    The Celts are one of the most famous - and misunderstood - people who lived in ancient Britain. Professor Sir Barry Cunliffe CBE, FBA from the University of Oxford explores the myths and the reality.

    • 9 min
    S2.05 New Light on Old Britons - Dr Lara Cassidy

    S2.05 New Light on Old Britons - Dr Lara Cassidy

    Dr Lara Cassidy from Trinity College Dublin talks about her work exploring the genomic history of Ireland.

    • 8 min
    S2.04 New Light on Old Britons - Professor Sir Walter Bodmer

    S2.04 New Light on Old Britons - Professor Sir Walter Bodmer

    Professor Sir Walter Bodmer from the Weatherall Institute, Oxford, explains what we know so far about genetic structure and origins of populations of the British Isles.

    • 10 min

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Outstanding podcast about both the history of genetics and some curent topics. I taught genetics for 25 years and ran a genetics lab for 35 years, and I have recommended this podcast to my colleagues and former students.

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