Can your DNA say if you love or hate Marmite, or prefer a Malbec over Merlot? Genetic testing is hitting the mainstream, but what can your DNA actually reveal about you? Join us on Valentine’s night for the first event of a lively new series of Café Sci to find out more about the real science truths, and discuss how you think genetic data should be used.
Patrick Short – a scientist at the Wellcome Sanger Institute who specialises in the study of human genetics – will explore how millions of people are using DIY genetic test kits to learn more about their ancestry, risk for diseases like breast cancer, and discover how to improve treatment for diseases they already have.
But does it end there? Can your DNA also tell you what food and drink you like, or even predict your fitness and sporting prowess? We invite you to Café Sci to discuss potential applications of genetic testing technology and separate the science from the myths and wishful thinking.
This Valentine’s special is the first of an exciting new programme of monthly Café Sci events in Cambridge. From the dark side of wearable fitness technologies and the study of brains in sheep, to origami folding proteins and the hunt for monster galaxies, find out about the latest research from the brightest minds in and around Cambridge. The re-launch of Café Sci Cambridge is brought to you by Wellcome Genome Campus Public Engagement.
Cambridge Café Sci Winter-Spring programme 2018:
- Wed 14 February, 7pm: What does your DNA actually say about you?
- Wed 14 March, 7pm: Every step you take, I’ll be watching you…
- Wed 11 April, 7pm: Brain research in sheep: just woolly thinking?
- Wed 9 May, 7pm: The origami of proteins and DNA
- Wed 13 June, 7pm: Monsters in the dark; Hunting for the universe’s most extreme galaxies
More information: www.cafescicambridge.org