Event Description

Welcome to Future Debates, a series of public events supported by the British Science Association.

A genome is an entire set of DNA; all the instructions for making every part of a living thing. Someone’s genome can explain lots of things about them and we don’t yet understand all of what the genetic code means. To improve our understanding of diseases, cancers and passing on certain traits, Genomics England is collecting data on a group of patients with rare diseases and cancers across the UK. Join us as we explore the question of what should happen to our genomic data through a film screening and panel discussion!

We will be showing The Dark Gene (2016), by Miriam Jakobs and Gerhard Schick. The film follows the journey of Frank Schauber, a doctor whose search for the origins of his own depression leads him into the realm of his genes. His progression and interrogations cast light on the fundamental changes facing modern society as a result of the tremendous progress being made in the field of genetic sequencing. And something that maybe sounds abstract soon turns out to raise some of the most fundamental questions: how much do we know about ourselves? And how much do we even want to know?

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion to reflect on issues raised by the film on genomic data and its uses. You will have the opportunity to voice your opinion and ask your questions to our panellists:

Dr Anna Battaglia (Senior Lecturer at King’s College London). Dr Battaglia’s research interests range from chronic pain to Autism and Mental Health. She’s interested on how nature and nurture interact to influence mental health.

Dr Emily Grossman (Science Broadcaster). With a PhD in Cancer research, Dr Grossman is an expert in molecular biology and genetics. You may have seen her on Sky1's Duck Quacks Don't Echo and Discovery Channel's How Do They Do It?

Doors open from 18:00, with the screening starting at 18:30 debate to run from 20:25 until 21:45. This event is suitable for 16+ and the option of continued discussion afterwards in the Flying Horse down the road is open to all.

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Future Debates events are part of the British Science Association's work to make science a fundamental part of British society and culture. We want to empower many more people – not just scientists – to constructively engage in debates over the applications and implications of science in their lives, their local economy and the UK’s future.

Collated, anonymised data from the Future Debates series will be provided to the Chief Medical Officer for the purpose of informing policy about Genome Data Privacy. The event will not be recorded, nor will any individual be identifiable in any of this information.

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