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A scientific toolkit to separate fact from myth in understanding how we are different and how we are the same. Today, Dr Adam Rutherford examines the genetics of skin colour.

Dr Adam Rutherford offers a scientific toolkit to separate fact from myth in understanding how we are different and how we are the same.

In the first episode, he examines the genetics of skin colour. Human beings rely heavily on how things look and so pigmentation is one of the first indicators often used to superficially categorise people. But just how useful is it?

Adam Rutherford has a PhD in Genetics and a degree in evolutionary biology, is an honorary Research Fellow at University College London and a former audio-video editor at the journal Nature. He is a presenter of BBC Radio 4 's Inside Science and also The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry with Dr Hannah Fry. He has also presented several TV documentaries and written regularly for newspapers and journals. He has published several books related to genetics and the origin of life.

Written and read by Dr Adam Rutherford
Abridged by Jill Waters and Isobel Creed
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4

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