Geneticist Professor Turi King reveals the secrets of DNA.
With the huge rise in DNA testing, we are now able to ask questions previously impossible to answer about our families, ancestry, and health. We can discover our lost heritage, track down missing relatives and find missing details of our family trees.
Join Professor Turi King, co-presenter of the BBC Two series ‘DNA Family Secrets’, as she uncovers how DNA has revolutionised genealogy and forensics, helping us trace long lost family members, catch criminals and make remarkable historical discoveries. She will reveal how your unique DNA identifies you and your family, how your surname can give you a glimpse into the lives of your ancestors, and whether you really are who you think you are.
Professor King will also discuss how she led the team who cracked one of the biggest forensic DNA cases in history – the identification of King Richard III.
Professor Turi King is a scientist, presenter, speaker and author who is passionate about communicating science to the public. Turi uses genetics in the fields of forensics, history, genealogy and archaeology. She is perhaps best known for her work “cracking one of the biggest forensic DNA cases in history” (Globe and Mail, February 2013) leading the genetics and identification of the remains of King Richard III.
Turi currently features in the BBC’s DNA Family Secrets alongside Stacey Dooley, the third series due to air in Autumn 2023, and presents Unearthed: Ancient Murder Mysteries, out June 2023. She’s recently appeared with Dan Snow on The Black Death on Channel 5 and with Lucy Worsley in her series Unsolved Histories about the Princes in the Tower. She presented the Radio 4 documentary Genetics and the Longer Arm of the Law. Her other credits include featuring in British As Folk (UKTV), The Gadget Show (Channel 5), Cold Case (ZDF Germany), Britain’s Lost Battlefields (Channel 5), Richard III: The King in the Car Park (Channel 4), Britain’s Secret Treasures (ITV), Crimewatch (BBC) among many others. She’s appeared on many programmes on BBC Radio 4 including The Life Scientific, Inside Science and The Reunion as well as radio programmes in Canada and elsewhere.