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World leading genetic scientist to hold guest lecture

science guest lecture

Wed 14th November, 2012

The nature-nurture debate has existed for centuries - however, not until now does science have the tools to reveal how one is shaped by the other.

Professor Randy Jirtle, a leading genetics scientist, will explain the new techniques and discoveries by introducing you to the new science of molecular epigenetics (how the environment leaves marks on your DNA) at a guest lecture next week.

Open to scientists, academics and students, 'Epigenetics: How Genes and Environment Interact' will look into how Professor Jirtle's studies have summarised the implications for human health and disease, and will also teach the audience about how genomes are shaped by the environment.

Dr William Brown, Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics & Exercise Psychology at the University of Bedfordshire is introducing the evening.

He said: "Science is just beginning to understand the two-way influence between environment and genome. One sensitive biomarker linking the environment to molecular changes during development is epigenetic regulation (e.g., DNA methylation). DNA methylation is like a 'gene switch' which silences gene activity without altering the underlying DNA sequence.

"Professor Jirtle will discuss his groundbreaking scientific research on how the environment leaves marks on your genome. Understanding this new science of epigenetics could help understand and combat disease in the future."

Held at 6pm, until 7.30pm, on Monday, 19 November at the Bedford Campus, Room D1.02, the free lecture will also include a Q&A session with Professor Jirtle, who is currently a Visiting Professor at McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research in the Department of Oncology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, Wisconsin.

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