Podcast: Overlooked women in science, Huntington’s disease and witch trials. The best of Genetics Unzipped

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As summer winds down, geneticist Kat Arney looks back over the first 20 episodes of Genetics Unzipped to select her favorite interviews and stories from the world of genes, genomes and DNA. There’s the tale of Esther Lederberg, whose contributions to science were overshadowed by her Nobel prize-winning husband, as well as an unexpected connection between the New England witch trials and Huntington’s disease. Mary-Claire King describes how she stumbled into science, fell in love with genetics and went on to make groundbreaking discoveries. Finally, professional pyromaniac Fran Scott explains the importance of fire for human evolution.

Full transcript, credits and show notes are available here.

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Genetics Unzipped is presented by award-winning science communicator and biologist Kat Arney and produced by First Create the Media for the UK Genetics Society. Follow Kat on Twitter @Kat_Arney and Genetics Unzipped @geneticsunzip

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