Dancing in your genes

Dancing in your genes

Tonic’s resident sceptic Rich Brophy is looking for someone to blame for his tragic inability to dance, and he’d like to point the finger at his parents. So he heads to the dance studio to find out – is rhythm genetic? Tonic TV |T-S025 I S03E04
Offspring of people with serious mental illness

Offspring of people with serious mental illness

A staggering one in two of us will have a mental illness sometime in our lives. For most people that means anxiety or depression but a significant proportion will have severe mental illness. Many of those people have children, so how does their condition affect the...
Is your dad the milkman

Is your dad the milkman

Tonic’s resident sceptic Rich Brophy explores narrowing down your paternity if DNA testing’s not your thing… Tonic TV |T-S047 |S02E03
Medication and your genes

Medication and your genes

Pharmacogenomics is the ethnical term for the way individuals respond to medicines depending on their genes. It has the potential to save money and also to save lives, and for people for cancer it could identify the treatment that can kill the cancer before the cancer...
You can beat your genes

You can beat your genes

Tonic’s Consumer Affairs reporter Karen Carey explains how what’s in your genes can determine everything from your susceptibility to diseases to what foods you like. Plus, how women can reduce their chance of having a stroke by doing exercise. Tonic TV |T-S008 I...
The Origins of Language

The Origins of Language

The Neanderthals may be a greater part of modern humanity than previously thought, developing as part of humanity instead of being a precursor to humanity, which still leaves open the question of when did modern humanity acquire the traits that define us a human and...
White and Black

White and Black

Few human characteristics have caused as much conflict as skin colour, but what is the evolutionary driver for the colour of our skin? Researchers studying vitamin D have found that not only is the vitamin essential to staying alive it may also be the reason some...
What Makes Us Human

What Makes Us Human

As we search for the essence of ‘what makes us human’ researchers are focusing on the development of language as the clearly defining trait that sets us apart from apes – but in doing so researchers in Japan have stumbled upon some fascinating findings about ape...