Genome Lates are your chance to explore Wellcome Genome Campus science on a Friday night! Hear about latest discoveries in genomics and speak with scientists about the work they do. You can visit the Genome Gallery and its exhibitions, currently Curious Nature; a show that invites you to uncover what we can discover by examining the world around us. And as it's a Friday, it's a fun, informal affair. Our bar is open, so come along and relax with friends over a drink! Genome Lates are free for everyone but you do need to book. Use the links at the bottom of this page.
Friday 5th October: The Secret Life of Flies, 6.30-8.30pm
Flies are much maligned, tolerated at best but more often swatted without a moment’s consideration. But should this be the case? For this Genome Late, Dr Erica McAllister from the Natural History Museum, and author of The Secret Life of Flies, will share some fascinating insights and research into these neglected beasts and how studying the museum’s collection in new ways is revealing long-hidden answers.
A contender for one of the most swatted, the mosquito is a type of fly; they are also one of the planet’s most dangerous animals. Wellcome Sanger Institute’s Dr Mara Lawniczak will discuss malaria research, and how genomics is helping us to better understand disease transmission and the interactions between the malaria parasite, mosquitoes and humans.
Friday 7th December: The Stray Dogs of Chernobyl, 6.30-8.30pm
The Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1982 has had many effects and outcomes in the intervening 36 years, but perhaps one of that we don't think so much about are the animals left behind. In 2018 the Wellcome Sanger Institute's Dr Alex Cagan visited the Chernobyl exclusion zone to collect DNA samples from the large stray dog population that now resides in the area. Using these samples Alex will be analysing one of the few transmissable types of cancer to understand how cancers can adapt and evolve.