Watch evolutionary geneticist Hendrik Poinar on TVO

McMaster evolutionary geneticist Hendrik Poinar, will appear this week on TVO’s The Agenda in the Summer for a two-part interview series on his ground breaking research into the woolly mammoth and the evolution of the Black Death.

In the first interview, which airs Thursday evening, Poinar, who is director of the Ancient DNA Centre and a researcher at the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research, will discuss the controversial issue of de-extinction, the process of mapping the woolly mammoth genome and the ethics of bringing back extinct species.

On Friday, Poinar talks at length about the Black Death and the Plague of Justinian, two ancient killers that wiped out tens of millions of people over time. He will discuss his work to unlock the mysteries behind these devastating plagues, and what they can teach us about deadly pathogens today.

The program airs at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. on TVO.

The two part interview can be watched below: