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.

  • Young black and white cat with bottles of milk
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    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
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    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

  • Cell division
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    Bromodeoxyuridine

    23 November 2016

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

  • Colin Firth as Mr Darcy
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    Darcin

    15 February 2017

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

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

    22 March 2017

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

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

    5 April 2017

    The compounds that link poison ivy with beautiful lacquerwork

  • Yellowstone national park
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    Taq Polymerase

    16 December 2015

    Kat Arney reveals how high temperature bacteria provide us with the molecule that speeds up DNA sequencing

  • Man in protective clothing looking at fluorescing DNA slide
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    Ethidium bromide

    27 January 2016

    Kat Arney shines a light on the fluorescent DNA marker

  • Fluorescein angiogram
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    Fluorescein

    16 March 2016

    Kat Arney discovers the compound that first coloured the Chicago river green for St Patrick’s Day

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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

  • Chemotherapy session
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    Fluorouracil

    28 September 2016

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

  • Single-strand damage in DNA
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    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