12 Mar 2016

Adam Rutherford: consumer genetics

From This Way Up, 1:45 pm on 12 March 2016
Adam Rutherford

Adam Rutherford Photo: (Supplied)

The announcement of the sequencing of the human genome back in April 2003 was the culmination of 13 years of hard work and involved the spending of millions of research dollars. It remains the world's largest collaborative biological project.

Today you can get your genome sequenced in a matter of days, and we're not too far from it costing under US$1000. But what does this mean for us, and how can we use the myriad of genetic information to lead a more healthy and fulfilled life?

Dr Adam Rutherford is a geneticist and the presenter of BBC Radio 4's Inside Science show. He's here in New Zealand for a series of talks on genetics and its impact in fields like conservation, health, sex, food and even weight control.