10th DNA Day
It has been a helter-skelter ride since the day, in 1953, when Crick and Watson announced that the shape of the molecule of life, DNA, had finally been decoded. The double helix is still surprising and challenging us six decades later. As the story of DNA is unraveled we find it has many twists and turns as the molecule itself.
Sunday 10th February
11am-4.30pm Sallis Benney Theatre, 58-67 Grand Parade, Brighton, BN2 0JY
Tickets £10/£6 online and on the door
11.15am The Discovery of DNA: Airing Science’s Dirty Laundry
One of the most important scientific breakthroughs of the 20th Century is also a tale of plot and intrigue. Oliver Wilkinson and Aaron Alt discover that not all scientists are as squeaky clean as they’d like you to think.
11.45am Different in identical ways
There’s more to identical twins than Shakespeare comedies – but to what extent are they truly identical? Do twins become more or less similar over time? How do nature and nurture work together to make us the people we are? With Bonamy Oliver & Alison Pike
12.15pm The Descent of DNA
Human evolution has slowed to a halt in recent times, because we have made our environment less demanding. Adam Eyre-Walker asks, are we descending rather than ascending the evolutionary path?
12.45pm Unlocking Genomes
Turn DNA detective with Dr Alison Sinclair as you test your ability to decode genomes, and join in with an exploration of how DNA is wrapped and unwrapped as its code is read.
2pm The Epigenetics Revolution
Epigenetics is the most exciting new field of research in biology. Exploring the idea that what makes YOU is not just your genes, but the environment in which they work. Nessa Carey tells how it affects your habits, loves, diseases and how you will die.
3pm Personalised Medicines
One drug does not actually fit all. The human genome project has led to a new understanding of how we develop and prescribe drugs – the right drugs at the right dose at the right time.
From the British Pharmacological Society
Zombie Science: Worst Case Scenario – 5.30pm & 7.30pm
To follow this exploration of DNA, watch theoretical zombiologist Doc Austin in his witty take on epidemics and the genetics behind them. A brand new show, with an extended grant from the Wellcome Trust. Click here to see more and book tickets.
Sunday 10th February 5.30pm and 7.30pm in the Sallis Benney
Programme at a glance
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