All in your genes?

Young boy admiring his DNA sample

Over 2,000 people attended events exploring genetics – its science, applications and implications - organised by Nowgen as part of Manchester Science Festival. Over 20 researchers from The University of Manchester and clinical scientists from local hospitals engaged with the public about developments in biomedical research.

In the context of next year’s London Olympics, what gives some individuals amazing strength, speed and stamina? Is it all in their genes? Nowgen organised a fascinating dialogue event to introduce the latest DNA tests that claim to be able to identify people with the strongest sporting potential. The public audience shared their views on how these DNA tests could be used and generated a heated debate. You can read about the outcome of the audience discussions here.

The public also got hands-on with DNA through a range of activities, such as extracting their own DNA, which was popular with all ages. This activity was part of an interactive exhibition with fun activities aimed at all the family. People could use laboratory research equipment, find out more about DNA and build a model of the famous double helix using jelly babies! Some of the children stayed for hours as they tried all the activities and met all the different researchers.

To find out more about the projects and events Nowgen runs for the public please click here.

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