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The DNA Debate: The latest episode of Royal Society podcast R.Science

19 October 2009

In the October episode we talked DNA with Sir Alec Jeffries on the 25th Anniversary of his discovery of DNA profiling.  Director of Liberty, Shami Cakrabarti joined the conversation as we looked at some of the ethical issues around this discovery.

We also re-examined the past with Dr Helen Donaghue as we looked at the secret behind Dr Granville's mummy, the first egyptian mummy to undergo a scientific autopsy, here at the Royal Society in 1825.  Helen Donghue's finding were reported in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Professor John Barrow FRS who gave a Prize Lecture here at the Society earlier this year called 'Every Picture Tells a Story' joined us on the podcast, and told us how images have changed the way we see the world.

And finally, climate scientist and originator of the Gaia hypothesis, James Lovelock, answered the question: Why Science?