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  • Worms, germs and you Posted 23rd September 2014

    Our bodies are covered in billions of so called ‘good’ bacteria, particularly the skin, mouth and gut. In fact, we have more bacterial cells in and on our bodies than our own cells! My PhD is looking at the bacteria that live in our gut, and their DNA, also known as the gut microbiome. The…

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  • The genetics behind your Christmas dinner Posted 23rd December 2013

    Christmas is the time to eat, drink and be merry, but how will you decide which festive treats to indulge in this year? Whether it’s a really bad sweet tooth or a hatred of spicy food, we all have our own specific rules when it comes to what we will or won’t eat, but how…

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  • Genomics, MRSA and public health Posted 12th April 2013

    Genomics is about more than humans A lot of the time, when we talk about ‘genomics’ here at Nowgen, what we really mean is ‘human genomics’. We tend to be interested in how variations across the human genome (usually single letter changes, called ‘SNPs’ [say ‘snips’]) can alter a person’s likelihood of developing, or not…

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  • STEM Teachers’ Conference – 26/27 June 2013 Posted 15th February 2013

    This summer The University of Manchester will be hosting a free CPD event for secondary and post-16 teachers of Maths and Sciences with the aim of passing on the spark of inspiration.

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  • Genetics education for the 21st century Posted 31st January 2013

    In March 2013, Mat and Bella are heading to Utrecht to for a conference about genetics education in the 21st century. A couple of similar conferences have taken place in the last few years – ‘Rethinking science curricula in the genomics era‘ and one with a longer title. To prepare for the conference, we have…

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  • EPQs at Nowgen - part 1 EPQs at Nowgen – part 1 Posted 14th December 2012

    Anita and Glenn are two sixth form students who came to Nowgen to do their own practical experiments based on DNA Barcoding for their Extended Project Qualifications. We asked them to share their experience of working with us…

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  • Teaching genetics by its modern history Teaching genetics by its modern history Posted 14th November 2012

    The BBC started up a scientific Top Gear last week – Dara Ó Briain’s ‘Science Club’ is a magazine show that is trying to present science in an accessible, friendly and fun manner. Happily for us here at Nowgen, their first show focused on genetics!

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  • Exploring Huntington disease Posted 1st October 2012

    As part of this year’s Jeans for Genes day, The Guardian has published one family’s story of their experience of the devastating condition, Huntington disease.

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