Monday, 16 December 2013

The Naked Scientists Guide to Genetics

I HAVE had the pleasure over the past two months to work with the Naked Scientists at Cambridge University, culminating in a one-hour live show on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire last night.

As part of my internship, kindly funded by the Genetics Society, I made an audio guide to Genetics, introducing the key terms - DNA, genes, chromosomes, alleles and so on - while meeting fascinating people who work in the field. I come across a strange creature from the depths of the sea bed, and make some furry friends! Plus, humans are 50% banana, yet only 4% Neanderthal. What does that mean?

The guide is available to listen and download here in its entirety or as separate sections.

Feedback is very welcome, as I've never made anything like this before.

Contributors, in order of appearance:
Enrico Coen, President of the Genetics Society
Max Telford, University College London
Mark Thomas, University College London
Eugenio Sanchez-Moran, University of Birmingham
Nelly Brewer, Rothamsted Research

Terms explained:
DNA, Nucleotide, Genes, Chromosomes, Genome, Chromatin, Mutation, Allele (dominant and recessive), Genotype, Phenotype, Heterozygote, Homozygote, Epistasis

Music: Adventure, Darling by Gillicuddy; Dan-O, at

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