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 Jones, professor of human genetics at University College London, Steve is well known as a broadcaster and writer, and is the author of many popular books on genetics and evolution
- Nessa Carey, a visiting professor at Imperial College London, and author of The Epigenetics Revolution and Junk DNA: A Journey Through the Dark Matter of the Genome
- Helen Sang, professor at The Roslin Institute and R(D)SVS, The University of Edinburgh
- Paul Freemont, professor of synthetic biology and co-director of Centre for Synthetic Biology and Innovation at Imperial College London
- Eleftheria Zeggini, group leader, analytical genomics of complex traits at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
- Helen O'Neill, geneticist with the Embryology, IVF and Reproductive Genetics Group at University College London
- Hosted by Rowan Hooper, New 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:
- Can we genetically engineer humans? Should we?
- Gene editing – using CRISPR to understand human development
- Synthetic biology – re-writing life's universal code
- Epigenetics and junk DNA
- Amazing powers from rare mutations
- 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
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