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Science Saturday: Would you sequence your own genome?
Sat 15 October 2016, 14:00 – 15:30 BST
Would you sequence your own genome?
Since the millennium we have moved from a world where it takes 15 years and costs $3bn to sequence a genome to one where it takes only $1000 and a few days. As the technology improves, allowing £100 kits for exploring a selection of genes from the comfort of your own home, the volume of information we can potentially find out about ourselves increases exponentially; will this knowledge make the world a better place?
Join us for a lively debate featuring genetics and social science experts, as well as those with a more personal involvement, exploring the scientific and ethical challenges around genome sequencing. There will also be the opportunity to explore our marketplace in the Museum's Grand Gallery, which will run from 12:00-16:00, with activities from across the world of genetics research.
Organised in partnership with the University of Edinburgh and supported by the Wellcome Trust.