Herding Hemingway's cats: How do our genes work?

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Thursday 14 January

The Theatre

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • DNA representation - colourful strips

    DNA representation

    Credit: Andy Leppard via Flickr


Standard £14

Concession £10

Discounts for Ri Members

Event description

We’ve all heard of genes, but how do they actually work? Geneticist Kat Arney and her scientific guests will draw on stories ranging from six-toed cats to fish hips, exploring how DNA is packed, unpacked and read.

Kat will be talking to epigeneticist Professor Anne Ferguson-Smith from Cambridge University and Dr Ben Lehner, Group Leader at the Centre for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona.


Dr Kat Arney is a professional science communicator, media spokesperson, award-winning blogger and podcaster working at Cancer Research UK.

After a degree in natural sciences, a PhD in developmental biology and a post-doc, Kat has become a freelance writer, broadcaster and public speaker, appearing on the highly successful Naked Scientists for the past decade and producing & presenting the monthly Naked Genetics podcast, as well as co-presenting the weekly national BBC Radio 5Live Science show.

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