Face to Face with the New Optimists: Jack Cohen on reproductive biology
In the first of a new series we’re running called Face to Face with the New Optimists, we spoke to Professor Jack Cohen. An Honorary Professor of Mathematics at Warwick University and a Fellow of the Institute of Biology, Jack has written several books including the Science of Discworld series.
His essay in The New Optimists is about reproductive biology, the science behind why we look like and inherit traits from our ancestors. The first part of our interview here looks at emerging theories, in particular changing theories around genetics . . . most of our genome ain’t genes! So what is it all, and what does it do? And how does it all somehow make us look like our ancestors, or at least some of them?
The second part of our interview with Jack Cohen will appear tomorrow.