September 2020

Activity: DNA Detective

Dr Glenda Beaman has put together this fun DNA Detective activity, suitable for a wide range of ages. In the video of the activity below, one of our own, Katie Sadler, narrates and guides you through it. There are also subtitles available for the video if needed. In this activity, you will learn about a patient’s story, many commonly used genetic terms, and will workout how it all ties together to be able to help the patient…like a DNA detective! Thanks to Oxford University Hospitals, they have made a 2 page activity worksheet that you will need to help you… Read More »Activity: DNA Detective

Hands on Activity: DIY DNA Extraction Experiment

Who is The Scouse Scientist? Holly Ellis grew up in Liverpool and was always a science geek. She studied biological sciences at Oxford University, afterwards she joined the NHS and completed their postgraduate scientist training program in genetics where she now works as a clinical scientist in genetics in the NHS. Her main aims are to inspire young people to pursue a career in science whilst educating people about genetics. Her YouTube channel – The Scouse Scientist – is her way of achieving this. What does the hands on activity involve? In one of her videos, Holly Ellis introduces an… Read More »Hands on Activity: DIY DNA Extraction Experiment

LIVE talk | Genetic Diagnostic Testing for Nervous System Tumours | 18:30 (UK time), 22 September 2020.

LIVE streaming at YouTube 18:30 (UK time), 22 September 2020. Summary ‘Clinical genetic testing is carried out routinely for many different conditions to aid diagnosis and clinical management of patients. In some cases, genetic diagnosis can be critical for distinguishing between conditions with overlapping clinical symptoms. Neurofibromatosis type 2 and Schwannomatosis are two genetic disorders that cause an increased risk of developing tumours of the nervous system and can be difficult to distinguish in many cases. My research aims to improve genetic testing strategies by identifying the underlying causes of tumour-predisposing disorders in cases where a cause cannot be identified through routine testing. I will discuss some of the techniques… Read More »LIVE talk | Genetic Diagnostic Testing for Nervous System Tumours | 18:30 (UK time), 22 September 2020.

LIVE talk | Epigenetics and Evolution | 18:30 (UK time), 14 September 2020.

LIVE streaming at YouTube 18:30 (UK time), 14 September 2020. Summary ‘I’m interested in how the information in our genes is read by our cells to make our bodies and how our genes and genomes evolve over time. For much of the past decade, I’ve been collecting data on how genes are turned on or off during human development to control when, where and how our organs are formed. We have recently published a large data-set which we hope other scientists and doctors will be able to use to interpret rare genetic changes they find when studying diseases.’ The Speaker… Read More »LIVE talk | Epigenetics and Evolution | 18:30 (UK time), 14 September 2020.

Determining the Risk of Breast Cancer Using our Genetic Material

My name is Elke and I am a researcher at the University of Manchester. My work focuses on breast cancer: I am interested to discover the role our genetic material has in the development of breast cancer, which is the most common form of cancer in women. Our aim is to predict the likelihood of developing breast cancer for each individual. My work mostly focuses on families with many women affected with breast cancer, for reasons that aren’t yet understood. Advancing knowledge on genetic factors involved in breast cancer development is one of the key factors for managing breast cancer… Read More »Determining the Risk of Breast Cancer Using our Genetic Material