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Technological advances have transformed the face of biological science during our lifetimes and continue to do so all the time. This intimate and interactive session will introduce some of the most modern innovations in sequencing technology and ways we can manage the data it produces. How do we use sequencing technology study the human body one cell at a time? How can technological innovation let us study the genetics of a disease outbreak in real time? How will we be able to cope with the explosion in data size that such insights will lead to? Come and find out!
Enter the Nanoporium!
How many genome sequencers could you fit in your suitcase? In 2019 the answer is surprising. In this short talk and interactive session, we will explore the fascinating world of pocket size sequencing technology, look at how it is being used in Norwich, and play with a Lego version of the tech. You could learn about our trips to the Antarctic with these tiny power houses, or how we can use them to find out how bees pollinate your garden.
The Building Blocks Of Life, Single Cells & Tissues
All living systems, from bacteria to complex organisms, are composed of communities of individual cells. Cells can aggregate together to form tissue, however each individual cell will always maintain it’s own specific characteristics. As cells divide and mature, their variability increases as they each gain distinct identities. This talk will explain how scientists have developed new technologies sensitive enough to reveal the individual identity of specific cells, and how this technology might bring about a revolution in the study of living systems and how we understand disease.
Free as in beer or free as in puppies?
Science is now a data intensive discipline. Scientific data is generated at a record pace in record amounts - why is this a big problem? Historically, scientists have held carefully guarded secrets about chemical formulas, drug targets and gene functions. However now more than ever, scientists need to share their data, collaborate and make their findings freely available. Dr Rob Davey will explore the concept of 'freeness' in science and highlight some of the challenges we now face in this data intensive world.