Book - Herding Hemingway's Cats

03 January 2016

Interview with

Kat Arney


Kat: First, as well as bringing you the Naked Genetics podcast every month, I've also been busy over the past couple of years researching and writing my debut book about genetics, called Herding Hemingway's Cats. Published by Bloomsbury Sigma it's out today in paperback, hardback and Kindle version from all online retailers and maybe even some real-life bookshops too. And there's even an audiobook too, read by me with some rather dodgy accents, I have to admit.

So what's it all about? Well, the language of genes has become common in the media. We know they make your eyes blue, your hair curly or your nose straight. We're told that genes control the risk of cancer, heart disease, alcoholism or Alzheimer's. The cost of DNA sequencing has plummeted from billions of pounds to a few hundred, and gene-based advances in medicine hold huge promise. With the help of cats with thumbs, fish with hips and wobbly worms as well as interviews with many of the leading genetics researchers around the world - I unpack some of the mysteries in our DNA and explain the latest thinking about how our genes work.

If you want to find out more you can read an extract online now at and use the discount code GENES to save money when you buy the book direct from the publisher's website:  


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