Adam Rutherford

Dr Adam Rutherford is a science writer and broadcaster. After studying evolutionary biology at UCL, his PhD from Great Ormond St Hospital and the Institute of Child Health was on the genetics of the developing eye. He was part of a team that identified the first genetic cause of a form of childhood blindness. He then spent ten years at the editorial staff of the world’s premier science journal Nature. During this time he also wrote and presented several series and programmes for BBC television and radio, including ‘The Gene Code’, and the award-winning ‘the Cell’ for BBC4, and ‘Playing God’ on the rise of synthetic biology for the leading science strand Horizon, as well as writing for the science pages of The Guardian. On BBC Radio, his many series have included ‘Sexual Nature’ on the reasons sex even exists, and ‘In Our Own Image’ on the question of whether we are still evolving. In 2013, he became the presenter of Radio 4’s new flagship science weekly, ‘Inside Science’. He is currently involved in making a film about biology with Björk, and programming the British Film Institute’s 2014 blockbuster season on science fiction. He is also currently filming a 5-part television series for BBC4, and making programmes for Radio 4 on the inheritance of intelligence.

His first book, Creation, on the origin of life and synthetic biology, was published by Viking in 2013 to outstanding reviews. It is just out in paperback, and on the shortlist for the Wellcome Trust Prize. The Observer described it as “One of the most eloquent and thoughtful books about science over the past decade”, and the Mail on Sunday said: “Prepare to be astounded. This book is so gripping it reads like a thriller.”

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