Your genome is the DNA blueprint of your body and mind. But to what extent is your personality, physique and future health determined by the genome you were born with?
A revolution in genomics and genetics means researchers can now edit DNA with ease, opening the door to whole new kinds of medical treatments, as well as the possibility of one day designing the DNA of our future children. And it’s now easier than ever before to get parts of your own genome sequenced – but what can it really tell you, and do you really want to know? Come to our one-day masterclass and find out from six leading experts.
- Tim Frayling, professor of human genetics at the University of Exeter Medical School, University of Exeter
- Lone Frank, journalist and author of My Beautiful Genome: Discovering Our Genetic Future, One Quirk at a Time
- Robin Lovell-Badge, head of the Stem Cell Biology and Developmental Genetics Division, The Francis Crick Institute
- Plus, three more leading genetics experts to be announced
- Hosted by Penny Sarchet, deputy news editor at New Scientist
A genetic revolution is underway. The race is on to sequence hundreds of thousands of genomes around the world, to help us more fully understand how our DNA makes us who we are. Meanwhile, gene therapies are finally making it into the clinic, and CRISPR gene editing promises to give us unprecedented control over our own genetic code. We can now analyse genomes to get clues on everything from a person’s mental health risk to their likely sexual orientation. But to what extent are we defined by our genomes, and how should use DNA sequence data to shape our lives?
Topics covered will include:
- Introduction to genetics and genomics
- Nature vs nurture
- The genetic revolution
- Genetic factors in disease
- How genetics shapes medical treatment
- Gene therapies and gene editing
- Designer babies and designer bodies
- What sequencing your genome can really tell you
- And more
Who should attend?
Anyone interested in the secrets of genetics, whatever your age or background. Whether you’re a scientist, a student or simply a fascinated human being, Instant Expert: You and Your Genome offers the chance to learn directly from the experts at our one-day masterclass.
What’s included in your ticket:
- In-depth and engaging talks from six leading genetics experts
- Ask-an-expert Question Time session
- Your chance to meet our six speakers and host Penny Sarchet
- Hot buffet lunch, plus morning and afternoon refreshments
- Exclusive Instant Expert certificate
- Exclusive on-the-day New Scientist subscription deal, book and merchandise offers
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