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S07:E04, “How Genes Work” Edition, with Kat Arney (audio)

Posted by jnshaumeyer on 22 May 2016

Streamed live on 17 May 2016.

Kat Arney, author of Herding Hemingway’s Cats : Understanding How Our Genes Work joined us for a very lively discussion about genes–what is a “gene”, by the way?–and RNA and proteins and switches and epigenetics and everything else about our modern understanding of the mechanisms that make DNA work, how much of that understanding has changed in the last 30 years, and how to put that understanding together into a coherent mental model. Along the way we had much fun, heard interesting stories, and lost Jeff for awhile thanks to technical glitches.

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