GENIE News 29th March 2006

"Who has been messing with our genes??"

On Wednesday the 29th of March 2006 three members of the Department of Genetics were guest speakers at an evening organised jointly by The Women's Institute (WI) and the BA (British Association for the Advancement of Science), entitled "Who has been messing with our genes??".

Dr. Annette Cashmore started the evening off and talked about the genetics and ethics of inherited diseases, such as Huntingdon's Disease and Cystic Fibrosis. Prof. Mark Jobling then spoke about DNA fingerprinting and presented the pros and cons of large nation-wide DNA databases. And finally, Dr. Fred Tata explained the strategy of whole organism cloning and brought the subject of stem cells to the debate.

All three talks were well received by the audience and sparked off lively and serious, but also light-hearted discussions, which continued till near midnight - well past the planned closing time for the evening, showing that DNA and genetics are always topics to stay up for!

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