Kat Arney

Kat Arney is a science communicator, author and harpist. She is a regular co-host of The Naked Scientists and also hosts the BBC Radio 5 Live Science Show. Her first book, Herding Hemingway's Cats, which was published in January 2016 by Bloomsbury Publishing, covers the state of knowledge of the human genome, the advances made since the 1950s and what remains unknown.

  • Arene pirouette
    Podcast

    Twistacenes

    17 May 2018

    Kat Arney discovers the strange things that happen when organic compounds go round the twist

  • A person wearing a Big bang theory 'Bazinga!' cape
    Podcast

    BaZnGa

    26 April 2018

    Science imitates art imitating science, as sitcom The big bang theory inspires the creation of a new compound

  • 3d rendering of a subsea cable on the seabed
    Podcast

    Gutta percha

    29 March 2018

    Kat Arney on the tree sap that once insulated transatlantic cables

  • A man using a ultraviolet tanning bed
    Podcast

    Melanin

    22 February 2018

    A family of biological pigments that make life more colourful

  • Blood bags containing blue coloured blood
    Podcast

    Methaemoglobin and diaphorase 1

    19 January 2018

    Kat Arney discovers the biological chemistry behind a colourful blood disorder

  • A hand holding a viagra tablet
    Podcast

    Sildenafil (Viagra)

    22 November 2017

    Kat Arney investigates one of the fastest selling drugs of all time

  • Mouldy peanuts
    Podcast

    Aflatoxins

    2 November 2017

    Kat Arney investigates the cancer-causing chemicals that could be lurking in that bag of peanuts

  • PC-3 human prostate cancer cells in air bubble, stained with Coomassie blue, under differencial interference contrast microscope.
    Podcast

    Coomassie blue

    29 September 2017

    How an attractive blue dye became the basis of a fundamental lab technique

  • A baby in a disposable nappy with a snowglobe
    Podcast

    Sodium polyacrylate

    16 August 2017

    Need some fake snow for your Christmas party? Simply look inside a baby’s nappy.

  • Young black and white cat with bottles of milk
    Podcast

    Casein

    28 June 2017

    One of the most popular plastics of the early 20th century was accidentally invented by a cat, as Kat Arney finds out.

  • The scab on a grazed knee, healing nicely
    Podcast

    Fibrin and fibrinogen

    31 May 2017

    From scabby knees to life-threatening strokes, this important protein is the fundamental link in the complex molecular chain that forms blood clots

  • Vintage Japanese black lacquer tea caddy with auspicious gold makie bamboo forest design, used in the Japanese Tea Ceremony
    Podcast

    Urushiol

    5 April 2017

    The compounds that link poison ivy with beautiful lacquerwork

  • A cat, playing on a purpose built cat tower
    Podcast

    Nepetalactone

    22 March 2017

    The catnip compound that felines go crazy for could have exciting uses for humans, too, as Kat Arney finds out

  • Colin Firth as Mr Darcy
    Podcast

    Darcin

    15 February 2017

    Jane Austen’s Mr Darcy lends his name to a pheromone that lets mice feel the love

  • Cell division
    Podcast

    Bromodeoxyuridine

    23 November 2016

    Kat Arney illuminates the story of a molecular ‘highlighter pen’ for growing cells

  • Single-strand damage in DNA
    Podcast

    PARP: Poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase

    2 November 2016

    Kat Arney explains how a protein that repairs broken DNA holds the key to killing cancer cells – but only if you stop it from doing its job

  • Chemotherapy session
    Podcast

    Fluorouracil

    28 September 2016

    A substitute for one of the bases in DNA that can cause the death of cancer cells

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    Taurine

    26 July 2016

    Kat Arney tells us about the active ingredient in energy drinks

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    Thiomersal

    6 July 2016

    Kat Arney introduces the organomercury preservative associated with the current controversy around vaccines

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    Shikimic acid

    8 June 2016

    Kat Arney introduces a biologically ubiquitous compound, important in beating both infectious viruses and invasive weeds

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