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Professor Dame Kay Davies

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 15 February 2009

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the scientist Professor Kay Davies. She has dedicated much of her life to finding a cure for the severest form of muscular dystrophy. Before she was 40, she had helped to develop the antenatal test which is now used around the world, then she isolated the gene sequence which could be instrumental in treating the condition. After years spent working on that, human trials for a possible treatment are about to begin.

It's quite something for a woman who doesn't have an O-level in biology. Although, even as a child she did possess that critical quality crucial to scientific pioneers: "I loved solving problems," she says, "I was very tenacious and would sit in my room until I had finished the problem. I am a sticker."

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: Piano Sonata in B Flat by Franz Schubert
Book: Untold Stories by Alan Bennett
Luxury: A piano.

Music Played

8 items
  • Image for Franz Schubert

    Franz Schubert Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D960

    Soloist: Alfred Brendel

    Schubert: Sonata D.960, Philips

  • Image for Aled Jones

    Aled Jones Yr Ehedydd (The Skylark)

    Ave Maria, Sain

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles Let It Be

    Let It Be, Parlophone

  • Image for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Dove sono (from The Marriage of Figaro)

    Soloist: Soile Isokoski, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Peter Schreier, Marita Viitasalo

    Mozart Arias: Soile Isokoski, Ondine

  • Image for The Immposters

    The Immposters Everybody Be There

  • Image for Eric Clapton

    Eric Clapton Tears in Heaven

    Eric Clapton Unplugged, Duck

  • Image for 10cc

    10cc The Wall Street Shuffle

    10CC’s Greatest Hits 1972-1978, Mercury

  • Image for Giuseppe Verdi

    Giuseppe Verdi La donna è mobile (from Rigoletto)

    Soloist: Luciano Pavarotti

    The Ultimate Collection, Decca

Credits

Presenter
Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest
Kay Davies

Broadcasts

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