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Dr Steve Jones

Dr Steve Jones

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 01 Mar 1992

Geneticist, Broadcaster

The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is geneticist Dr Steve Jones. Eminent in his field, he's made a lifelong study of the evolution of the snail, the reproduction of the fruit fly and the sex life of the slug. He'll be talking to Sue Lawley about the study of genetics, reflecting on its disreputable past, analysing the problems of genetic engineering and discussing the research that inspired his recent Reith Lectures, particularly the evidence that proves that most of the world has descended from 10 Africans.

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

Choices

Joseph Haydn

1.

Joseph Haydn

Act 1 Scene 1 Chorus (from The Creation)

Composer: Joseph Haydn

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The Beatles

2.

Castaway's favourite

The Beatles

Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

Performer: The Beatles

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Camille Saint-Saëns

3.

Camille Saint-Saëns

Fossils (from Carnival of the Animals)

Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns

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Alain Legrand

4.

Alain Legrand

Magic Roundabout Theme

Performer: Alain Legrand

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Jacques Offenbach

5.

Jacques Offenbach

Fly Duet (from Orpheus in the Underworld)

Composer: Jacques Offenbach

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Tommy Steele

6.

Tommy Steele

Rock With The Cavemen

Performer: Tommy Steele

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

7.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Polonaise (from Eugene Onegin)

Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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Robin Williamson

8.

Robin Williamson

Evolution Rag

Performer: Robin Williamson

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Book

Valley of Bones by Anthony Powell

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Luxury item

Stuffed body of the Minister of Education

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