Am I a mutant?

6.00pm start, Tuesday 17 December

Faraday Theatre

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  • Foetus
    Credit: Science Photo Library

Price

Adults £35

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11-17 year olds £25

Event description

Yes. But so am I. And so is the mouse that we share 99% of our genes with. As our DNA replicates, mutations arise. Sometimes they can be catastrophic, but sometimes they confer a huge advantage. Falcons have eye cells that allow them to see for miles, but ants are virtually blind. How come? How are developmental processes altered over evolutionary time to produce novel structures and, ultimately, new species? The history of life revolves around survival of the fittest ‘mutant’. As we understand more about mutations it could help us devise new treatments for genetic conditions. But are we prepared to genetically engineer humans?

Please note

The ballot for tickets is now closed.

We ask all attendees to arrive by 5.30pm for a 6.00pm start.

Tickets are for 11-17 year olds and accompanying adults only. Younger children and unaccompanied adults will not be admitted.

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