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An Idiots Guide to Genetics

On the anniversary of the birth of Dolly the Sheep, visitors to the Dana Centre will have the chance to experiment with real DNA. But what is DNA? And how does it work? Scientists will reveal how the study of genetics is set to change our lives. The Dana Centre Pub Guide to… events are designed for even the most science-shy to glean a basic understanding of some of the big issues in science today.


Thought Dolly was a bird not a sheep? Then get a crash course on genetics with jelly, glitter and a turkey baster at the Dana Centre in London

The Dana Centre at the Science Museum will be taking some of its more science-shy visitors on a crash course to genetics on Thursday 6 July.

Using jelly, glitter and a turkey baster, visitors will perform a daring experiment to extract DNA from a cell.

Objects from the Science Museum’s vast collections will be revealed and explained including a pet cloning kit, a piece of Dolly and a genetically engineered pig heart.

Plus, scientists Craig Buckley and Rosy Hosking, University College London, explain what DNA is and how the study of genetics is set to change our lives. More importantly they’ll reveal who Dolly is and what she has to do with knitting.

Hostess Portia Smith (Science for Blondes), will open the night with an anatomy lesson using her fairy ‘chromosome’ cakes, and hundreds-of-thousands-of-DNA.

This one-off free event will take the audience on a journey through cloning at the Dana Centre, the Science Museum’s stylish adults-only bar and café for exploring contemporary science, medicine and technology.

The Dana Centre Pub Guide to… events are designed for even the most science-shy to improve their scientific prowess and glean a basic understanding of some of the big issues in science today.


Speaker(s):

TBC | talks

 

Date and Time:

6 July 2006 at 7:00 pm

Duration:

2 hours 30 minutes

 

Venue:

Dana Centre
165 Queen's Gate
London
SW7 5HE
+44 20 79 42 40 40
http://www.danacentre.org.uk
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Organised by:

Science Museum
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Tickets:

FREE

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Tickets are FREE but must be pre-booked on: 020 7942 4040 or tickets@danacentre.org.uk

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