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"Genome vs Epigenome: The Clay and the Mould"
Since the discovery of the structure of DNA in 1953 our understanding of how the genetic code influences the development of all living things has made rapid progress, with undoubtedly impressive consequences medical advances. Technology develops alongside our improved knowledge, and our ethical boundaries are constantly being pushed further. But how far can and should we go in exploiting our knowledge? It is thirteen years since The Human Genome project sequenced the entire DNA in a human cell and ever since scientists have been trying to understand the meaning of these three billion letters, which form the human genome. However, it has also become clear that this “Book of Life” can be biologically interpreted in different ways and in this talk, Dr Doug Vernimmen will introduce the meaning of the genome (The Book of Life) and the epigenome (its biological interpretation).