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Kat: Hello, and welcome to Genetics Unzipped - the Genetics Society podcast, with me, Dr Kat Arney. In this episode from our series exploring 100 ideas in genetics, we’re telling the often-overlooked stories of four women who helped to shape the science of life.

Every other episode of Genetics Unzipped, we’re celebrating the Genetics Society’s centenary year by exploring some of the top 100 ideas in genetics. This time it’s the stories of four women who have often been overlooked in the history of 20th century genetics: Esther Lederberg, Harriet Creighton, Tsuneko Okazaki and Martha Chase.

Powder Puffs and plasmids - Esther Lederberg

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The budding lady botanist - Harriet Creighton

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Picking up the pieces - Tsuneko Okazaki

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Kitchen Aid - Martha Chase

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We’ve run out of time for this episode, but there are many, many more stories still to be told about the women who helped to shape the science of genetics. We’ll cover some more in future episodes, and please do tweet us with your suggestions @geneticsunzip. And if you’re interested in women and gender in the history of science and culture more generally, do check out the aptly named Lady Science podcast.

You can find us on Twitter @geneticsunzip or email us at with any questions and feedback. Please do take a minute to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts from, and it would be great if you could rate and review - and more importantly, please spread the word.

Genetics Unzipped is written and presented by me, Kat Arney, and produced by First Create the Media for the Genetics Society - one of the oldest learned societies in the world dedicated to supporting and promoting the research, teaching and application of genetics. You can find out more and apply to join at  Our theme music was composed by Dan Pollard, the logo was designed by James Mayall and production was by Hannah Varrall. Thanks for listening, and until next time, goodbye.

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  • All other sound effects open source or used under a commercial license via Envato.

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