Are you curious about the blueprint of life that shapes everything around us? Genetics podcasts offer an easy and engaging way to explore the fascinating world of DNA, genes, and heredity. Whether you're a science enthusiast or just intrigued by how our genes work, tuning into these podcasts can be both educational and entertaining. Here are six great options:
This is the podcast by the Genetics Society and it covers some of the more overlooked topics within genetics. They have episodes looking at the science of DNA and RNA vaccines, sequencing DNA from human remains, and the genetics of reproduction. Presented by Dr Kat Arney, the podcast is now on it's sixth season. Take a listen here.
DNA Today is an excellent podcast with more than 250 episodes. It is presented by Kira Dineen, a practicing genetic counsellor who sheds light into various aspects of genetic research and its applicability. She has hosted lots of people, including Carl Zimmer and Erica Ramos, the President of the National Society of Genetic Counsellors (and you might spy Sano CEO Patrick Short in one episode too!) New episodes released every Friday – if you want to keep up to date with genetics news, you can do so here.
Founded in 2011 by Theral Timpson and Ayanna Monteverdi, MendelsPod is a long-standing genetics podcast. It has featured several interesting people with varied interests in genetics, from Anya Prince most recently discussing genetic discrimination, to Laura Hercher looking at Direct-To-Consumer genetic testing. It's on it's 13th season, so lots to learn here! Check it out here.
This podcast is hosted by a genetic counsellor named Matt Burgess, and it focuses on interviewing people working in genetics. They talk human clinical genetics, genetic counseling, ethics, psychosocial issues, and more. This show was on hiatus, but seems to be releasing regular episodes again – take a listen here.
Genepod is the official podcast of Genetics in Medicine, the journal of the Amercian College of Medical Genetics and Genomics. Host Cynthia Graber delves into the latest research in medical genetics and genomics, and covers ethical, legal, and social issues as well. Episodes are released monthly, and you can can listen here.
We'd be remiss to not mention our own show, The Genetics Podcast. Sano CEO Patrick Short, who holds a PhD in Mathematical Genomics and Medicine from the University of Cambridge, hosts a variety of fascinating guests to discuss the latest findings and breakthroughs in genetic research. We're proud to have recorded more than 100 episodes, to have 300,000+ downloads, and to be the highest-ranked podcast in genetics on Google. More details are here, and you can listen anywhere you get your podcasts.
These podcasts are like having a casual chat with experts, where complex concepts are broken down into digestible discussions. With options like "Genetics Unzipped" for hidden genetic gems, "DNA Today" for keeping up with the latest research, and "The Genetics Podcast" for insightful interviews, there's something for everyone. Whether you're commuting, exercising, or relaxing, these podcasts offer a convenient way to satisfy your curiosity about genetics. Happy listening!