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Series 2, Episode 03: GO FORTH AND MULTIPLY

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In this episode, Matt finds out how a runaway algorithm created the world’s most expensive book, Helen searches for the most singable fruit fly genes and Steve considers whether donating a kidney is easier than buying a house.

  • 00:46 – Steve’s bit
  • 11:05 – Helen’s bit
  • 37:30 – Matt’s bit

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Corrections and clarifications:

  • Regular listener Annika emailed us with a somewhat disturbing picture of Spätzle, a local delicacy in Southwest Germany that are some kind of extremely maggoty-looking dumpling. Which clears up why there is a fruit fly gene named after them. Thanks Annika! We think…
  • Many other listeners on twitter have confirmed that Clootie Dumplings are indeed a “thing” and that they have eaten – but never enjoyed – them at some point in the past.

And here’s a heap of Unnecessary Detail from this episode:

Matt Parker holding a copy of "The Making of a Fly" textbook

Matt with his second hand steal

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