Professor Dame Kay Davies
Kirsty Young's castaway is geneticist Professor Dame Kay Davies.
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.
Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D960
Soloist: Alfred Brendel
- Schubert: Sonata D.960.
Yr Ehedydd (The Skylark)
- Ave Maria.
Let It Be
- Let It Be.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Dove sono (from The Marriage of Figaro)
Soloist: Soile Isokoski, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Peter Schreier, Marita Viitasalo
- Mozart Arias: Soile Isokoski.
Everybody Be There
Tears in Heaven
- Eric Clapton Unplugged.
The Wall Street Shuffle
- 10CC’s Greatest Hits 1972-1978.
La donna è mobile (from Rigoletto)
Soloist: Luciano Pavarotti
- The Ultimate Collection.
Untold Stories - Alan Bennett
|Interviewed Guest||Kay Davies|
- Sun 15 Feb 2009 11:15
- Fri 20 Feb 2009 09:00