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A Gene Bill of Health

Please note this event takes place in the basement part of the venue which has no step-free access. Over 18s only
Past event - 2023
23 May Doors 7pm
Event 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Bootlegger, 162-163 Fore Street,
Exeter EX4 3AT
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We look through the microscope and explore the world of bacteriophages, gene editing technology and find out why both arms are important when taking blood pressure readings.  We are excited to be joined by both academic researchers and working GPs in our sessions and look forward to the insight that both research and practical application provides.

Cell-free synthesis of Bacteriophages

Robin Wright (Masters Research Student)
Bacteria quickly evolve resistance to antibiotic drugs, causing antimicrobial resistance (AMR) which kills 5 million people a year. Bacteria have predators called Bacteriophages ‘bacteria-eaters’, the most abundant organism on the planet. Discovered 100 years ago, bacteriophages are now used to cure AMR infections in people (phage-therapy). In this talk, we’ll explore how to make bacteriophages synthetically: by breaking bacteria apart and harnessing their internal machinery to produce bacteriophages, in order to treat patients more effectively.

Blood pressure: why both arms matter!

Chris Clark (GP and Clinical Senior Lecturer in General Practice)
Kate Boddy (Research Fellow)
Sinead McDonagh (NIHR SPCR Postdoctoral Research Fellow)
Having high blood pressure can mean someone is more at risk of having serious health issues, such as a heart attack, stroke or other illness. Measuring blood pressure is important as it helps to identify these health risks. But did you know that blood pressure should be measured in both arms? Find out why this is and why it is such a common health care measurement and what you can do to keep your blood pressure healthy.

DNA is not your destiny: The true power of gene editing technology

Michael Schrauben (PhD Student)
23andMe, CRISPR and Designer Babies. We constantly hear about the novelties of gene editing and the dystopian future that awaits us, but is there any truth to that or is the media just exaggerating? In my talk, I will showcase the amazing scientific advances of the last decade and explain the details of this technology that make it both revolutionary and potentially harmful to our society.
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