The Cosmic Shambles Network is pleased to announce a captivating series of discussions on the fascinating subject of genetics. Genetics Shambles (created in association with The Genetics Society and The Milner Centre for Evolution) will focus on the work of some of the leading lights from the worlds of science and genetics and feature in depth access rarely found in broadcast science series of today.

The series will use the research being done surrounding the current COVID-19 pandemic as a starting point before focussing on the wider wonders of the study of genetics. The pilot episode of this series is available on the Cosmic Shambles Network site and YouTube channel now with Robin Ince chatting to immunologist Professor Sheena Cruickshank, microbiologist Professor Edward Feil and mathematical modeller of disease Dr Ellen Brooks Pollock about the state of COVID-19 investigation.

The series will tackle such grand questions as:

-Why do viruses affect some people more than others?

-Where are we on the development of drugs and vaccines that will help to fight this pandemic and other viruses?

-What have we learnt from the human genome and how has it helped us to understand inherited traits and improve our medicines?

-And what does the future hold for genetic research in both a scientific, and ethical, sense?

This brand new and exclusive series will help us all to better understand the basic building blocks of the natural world.