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Join our research scientists from The Francis Crick Institute for a whirlwind tour of some of your favourite body parts; from brains to sex organs, with a brief stop in the gut. Our interactive talks will give you an exciting insight to the networks of neurons and genes which define who we are. Questions addressed will include “What drives sex?” and “How do you poo?”
Gut feelings: the world of the second brain
Sarah McCallum (PhD Student)
Leave the poo taboo at home and discover the nervous system in your gut. This interactive talk will guide you through the fascinating world of the second brain without the need for a toilet break.
To ovary, or to testis: that is the question…
Introducing the basic principles of developmental biology, gene networks and genome editing; this informal talk will attempt to explain why Gunes spends her life fumbling around gonads (for a good cause!) and open your eyes to the secret network of genes influencing whether an embryo will develop ovaries or testes.
Brain in a dish
Francois Guillemot (Group Leader)
Is the human brain just like the brain of a mouse, only a bit bigger, or is it made differently? How the human brain develops has remained a mystery, but not anymore: we can now watch human brains grow in the lab, and this has huge implications for the modelling and treatment of various diseases.