Understanding how our genes work

Kat Arney

Wednesday, June 7 2017 at 7:30PM

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Kat Arney

What's the talk about?

Former science communications manager at Cancer Research UK, Dr Kat Arney is a science writer and broadcaster whose work has featured on BBC Radio 4, the Naked Scientists, Wired, BBC Focus and more. Her first book, 'Herding Hemingway's Cats: Understanding how our genes work' is out now and her second book ‘How to Code a Human’ will be published in August.

About the talk:

The language of genes has become common in the media. We know they make your eyes blue, your hair curly or your nose straight. We're told that genes control the risk of cancer, heart disease, alcoholism or Alzheimer's. The cost of DNA sequencing has plummeted from billions of pounds per genome to a few hundred, and gene-based advances in medicine hold huge promise. But how do our genes actually work? With the help of cats with thumbs, fish with hips and wobbly worms, Kat will unpack some of the mysteries in our DNA and explain the latest thinking about how our genes make us who we are.