Genome Lates: Reading the book of life: What has genome sequencing ever done for us?

Prof Sir Mike Stratton in conversation with Dr Kat Arney

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Virtual event via Zoom


Thu 30th Jul, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Twenty years after the first draft of the human genome project, Professor Sir Mike Stratton, director of the Wellcome Sanger Institute, reflects on how far we have come since those early days, in conversation with science writer and broadcaster Dr Kat Arney. From gaining deep understanding of human health, ageing and diversity through to bold plans to sequence the genomes of the entire tree of life and a future where it is possible to write and edit DNA as easily as we can read it, Stratton will share his insights and vision for the future – with a few surprises along the way.

Kat Arney is an award-winning science writer, broadcaster and public speaker. She is the author of the new book Rebel Cell: Cancer, evolution and the science of life, along with How to Code a Human and the critically acclaimed Herding Hemingway’s Cats: Understanding how our genes work. Kat also presents the popular Genetics Unzipped podcast for The Genetics Society, has fronted several BBC Radio 4 science documentaries including the recent series Ingenious, looking at the stories behind our genes.