GENIE News 9th April 2005

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On Saturday the 9th of April 2005 the Department of Genetics held a very successful Open Day to celebrate the anniversaries of two significant events in the department's history - the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Department of Genetics and the 20th anniversary of DNA fingerprinting. Inventor of genetic fingerprinting, Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys, was among the speakers at the event.

Students at GENIE open day

The people of Leicestershire, among them the Lord Mayor Piara Singh Clair and his wife, Lady Mayoress Jasbinder Kaur Clair, were invited to a day devoted to putting across the science that excites us to the public whose lives it ultimately affects. Genetics impacts on many areas of human health, welfare, daily life and society in general.

Annette Cashmore and the Mayor at open day

GENIE funding was used to part-fund this Open Day - bringing genetics closer to the people, with a variety of hands-on activities for adults and children, from looking at fruit fly mutants and cells to genetic traits tests and DNA models. On the day 40 lucky volunteers even obtained their own DNA fingerprint. Genetics was explained to all - in public lectures, in poster presentations and in a 'Genetics Question Time', a chance to put questions on the subject to a panel of experts. During the Open Day, from children to academics, everybody could get his/her questions about genetics answered by highly enthusiastic students and staff from the department.

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