Instant Expert: The Revolution in Genetics
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Instant Expert: The Revolution in Genetics

Instant Expert: The Revolution in Genetics

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The Royal College of General Practitioners

30 Euston Square

London, United Kingdom

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New Scientist presents... Instant Expert: The Revolution in Genetics

Just over sixty years ago, Watson and Crick described the structure of DNA. Since then our understanding of the code of life has exploded. In 2003, at a cost of $3 billion, scientists sequenced the complete 3 billion-letter code of the human genome. Today, genome sequencing is cheap and routine, and we are even able to intervene and change the genetic code. But the genetics revolution is only just picking up speed – and it will change the world more in the 21st century than perhaps any other field of science.

Come to our one-day masterclass and let six leading experts guide through one of the most important fields in science. Your host is New Scientist Managing Editor, Rowan Hooper. 


  • Steve Jonesprofessor of human genetics at the University College London, Steve is well known as a broadcaster and writer, and is the author of many popular books on genetics and evolution
  • Paul Freemontprofessor of synthetic biology and co-director of Centre for Synthetic Biology and Innovation at Imperial College London
  • Nessa Careya visiting professor at Imperial College London, and author of The Epigenetics Revolution and Junk DNA: A Journey Through the Dark Matter of the Genome
  • Plus, 3 more leading experts to be announced
  • Hosted by Rowan HooperNew Scientist managing editor


Genetics is the study of genes and heredity. It is concerned with how the recipe of genes written in DNA gets turned into living things: it is the nature on which nurture works to produce us. The recipe is the genome – the set of all the genes possessed by an organism – and it is fantastically complex. Yet we are unravelling it.

We are learning which genes code for which proteins, and how that influences how organisms work and even how they behave. We can read the genomes of extinct animals, including those of ancient humans. And now we have the tools to easily write DNA into genomes, as well as read it. It means we’ll be able to make microorganisms able to produce medicine and fuel, and design plants and animals with a genetic make-up specialised for particular tasks. Humans are by no means exempt from this. The new genetics will change the world, and could challenge what it means to be human. 

Topics covered will include:

  • What can we tell about human evolution from ancient DNA?
  • Can we genetically engineer humans? Should we?
  • Gene editing – the tool that will change the world
  • Synthetic biology – re-writing life's universal code
  • And much more

Who should attend?

Anyone interested in the secrets of genetics and the past and future of the human species, whatever your age or background. Whether you're a scientist, a student or simply a fascinated human being, Instant Expert: The Revolution in Genetics 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 6 leading experts in genetics
  • Ask-an-expert Question Time session
  • Your chance to meet our six speakers and host Rowan Hooper
  • Buffet lunch, plus morning and afternoon refreshments
  • Exclusive Instant Expert certificate
  • Exclusive on-the-day New Scientist subscription deal, book and merchandise offers

Booking information:

  • The event will be held in the Brunei Auditorium at RCGP / 30 Euston Square.
  • Doors to the Auditorium will open at 9:15am, with talks commencing at 10am sharp. The event will finish at 5pm.
  • We require the name of each person attending - please ensure this is provided at the time of booking. If you need to change the name of an attendee, please notify us as soon as possible:
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  • The ticket price includes a buffet lunch, as well as morning and afternoon refreshments.
  • The schedule / exact running order for the day will be confirmed closer to the event, and will be emailed to all ticket holders.
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  • All tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable to any other New Scientist event.
  • New Scientist reserves the right to alter the event and its line-up, or cancel the event. In the unlikely event of cancellation, all tickets will be fully refunded. Neither New Scientist nor its parent company will be liable for any additional expenses incurred by ticket holders in relation to the event.
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  • A minimum of 100 early bird discount tickets are available priced at £129 (saving £20 on the full ticket price of £149).
  • No concessionary tickets are available for this event.
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