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Whose genome is it anyway?

What can our genomes tell us about our health – both now and in the future?

A decade after the human genetic code was sequenced for the first time, genomics is coming to the masses. Companies such as 23andMe will already scan a snapshot of your DNA for a few hundred pounds, providing clues to your ancestry and your risk of certain diseases. And within a year or two, it should be possible to buy access to every one of your 6bn DNA letters for less than £1,000. Francis Collins, a pioneer of the Human Genome Project, recently predicted that everybody’s genome will have been sequenced a decade from now.

What, though, can our genomes tell us about our health – both now and in the future? Should individuals be allowed to look at their DNA by themselves, or do they need medical supervision? And who should have access to the very personal information that might be revealed?

Three members of the expert panel have already had parts of their genomes read, and published the results. The fourth heads one of the world’s leading funders of genetic research. Join them to discuss what we have to gain from our genomes – and whether we have anything to fear.


Mr Mark Henderson | talks | www
Daniel MacArthur | talks
Caroline Wright | talks
Sir Mark Walport | talks | www


Date and Time:

14 October 2010 at 7:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



The Royal Institution of Great Britain
21 Albemarle Street
+44 20 74 09 29 92

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