Genome Lates: The Radioactive Dogs of Chernobyl

Discover some unexpected science at this Genome Late

Location: (click for map)

Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton CB10 1SA


Fri 7th Dec, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

The Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986 has had many effects and outcomes in the intervening 32 years, but perhaps one 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. In this talk Alex will share how these samples can be studied, and how, in the face of disaster, the zone now presents an excellent natural experiment for studying a lot of biological questions.

This talk is part of our Curious Nature programme, and you will also have the chance to visit the Genome Gallery and the Curious Nature exhibition. Our bar will be open throughout the event serving a range of alcoholic, soft and hot drinks.

Event schedule:

  • 6pm: Event opens. Opportunity to visit the exhibition
  • 6.30pm: Talk begins
  • 7.40pm: Opportunity to visit the exhibition
  • 8.30pm: Event ends