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Our Genes: Past, Present, and Future

This venue has step-free access. Please note there is no step-free access to toilets on first floor.
Past event - 2022
11 May Doors open: 6.45pm. Event 7:30-9:30 (arrive early if you want to order food/drinks!)
The Castle Bar, 37 St Andrew's Street,
Cambridge CB2 3AR
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For the final evening of Our Body at Cambridge, come learn about genes at The Castle Bar! We have two speakers lined up for the night: Andy Li, a PhD student in Dr Hansong Ma’s lab, and Dr Aylwyn Scally, a lecturer in the Cambridge Department of Genetics. Andy will talk about how mitochondria are involved in diseases such as cancer and Parkinson’s and how fruit flies can be used to study these issues. Aylwyn will delve into the history of genes and discuss human ancestry and DNA testing.

Ancestry, DNA and the human past

Dr Aylwyn Scally (Lecturer in human evolutionary genetics, University of Cambridge)
For many people, ancestry is a key part of their identity, and DNA ancestry testing has become a multi-billion dollar industry. But what can DNA really tell us about ancestry, and what have we learned about human history and the genetic differences and similarities today between individuals and populations worldwide?
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Mitochondrial dynamics in health and disease

Andy Li (PhD Student)
Mitochondria are small structures inside our cells that produce the energy we need to survive. Our bodies contain billions of mitochondria and many prominent diseases like cancers, neurodegenerative diseases (like Parkinson’s disease), and infertility are associated with mitochondrial dysfunction. Mitochondria also contain a small genome which is also linked to a variety of rare diseases – many of which have no cures. Our research uses the fruit fly to study central questions relating to mitochondrial function and mitochondrial genetics in order to better understand how diseases arise.
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Other The Castle Bar events

2022-05-10 Focusing on the 3Rs to replace, reduce and refine animal research The Castle Bar 37 St Andrew's Street, Cambridge, CB2 3AR, United Kingdom
2022-05-09 Our Immune System The Castle Bar 37 St Andrew's Street, Cambridge, CB2 3AR, United Kingdom
09 May
Cambridge
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Our Immune System

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