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Would you sequence your own genome?

(CCACE) is taking part in a Science Saturday event at the National Museum of Scotland on Saturday 15th October

The Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology (CCACE) is taking part in a Science Saturday event at the National Museum of Scotland on Saturday 15th October. The event is based on the question "Would you sequence your own genome?". Details are below. CCACE Group Leader, David Porteous, will be leading the debate and CCACE will have a stall in the marketplace.

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 (2.00pm-3.30pm) 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 12.00noon-4.00pm, with activities from across the world of genetics research.

The marketplace is non-ticketed and open all afternoon for people to come and go. However, if you want to attend the debate then you do need to book a ticket. Free tickets can be reserved through Eventbrite.

Science Saturday: Would you sequence your own genome? (Eventbrite ticket reservations)

This is a family event with each stall having activities for children and adults so do come along and find out more about genetics and genome sequencing!

Further information

Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology (CCACE)

Contact

Dr Beverly Roberts