17. What will the format of your event be?:
18. Please give any details about the format of your event you feel are relevant.:
I’m happy to do the stand/exhibition on any day that is available. I don’t know standard length for a stand, but any length of time is fine. I would like to have a stand where people come and play genetics games, involving human and Drosophila genetics (with live fly examples). The stand can be the smallest size – a basic desk size is fine. The presentation could be tailored to a specific scientific/clinical audience but the proposal has been written to interest an audience of lay people with little or no expertise. Also, I am willing to do a talk on the subject of why study flies – which could be less oriented towards lay people and more towards a scientific audience. But this form has obviously been filled out based on an exhibition table with games.
Venue and location to be allocated by the Festival team
20. Venue requirements:
We would like this to be part of the Sunday activity at Northumbria
13. Description of the core message of your event and key topics to be covered (c.100 words):
Fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster) are commonly studied by biological researchers. Why? They have been studied since the early 1900s and were part of discovering that genes were located on chromosomes. Since they have been studied for so long, their genetics is well worked out and researchers can use lots of short cuts to study particular genes, proteins, and biological mechanisms. 70% of the known disease genes in humans are actually shared with flies – and lots of diseases can be modelled in flies too, even brain diseases. Discover a bit about flies and how genetics works in flies and in us.
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15. If so, please indicate what this is:
Drosophila neurobiological research is being established at Northumbria University.
24. Do you have any other comments you would like to make or information you would like to include?:
I would really enjoy explaining genetics and Drosophila research simply to lay people, including kids (I have a 7yo and 2yo). But I would also be ready to talk in more details with professionals within my field. I would have more complex posters/handouts for the people that would want that and simpler ones for the lay people/kids. I plan to have very basic but interesting genetics games. In the human based one, one person plays the mother, one the father, then they roll dice to determine their kids’ genotypes, etc. This will introduce basic genetics concepts in heredity and be fun to have kids draw the resulting offspring, etc. In a drosophila (fly) based game, I plan to have flies with very visible mutations (curly vs straight wings, red vs. white eyes, etc.) and show them to the participants (likely in closed vials) to they can see the consequences of one mutated gene. Then once the participants have distinguished the differences between the mutant and ‘normal’ flies, we can ‘cross’ them to each other. We can speculate what the offspring would look like, based on the human game. Then I can pull out or show vials with what the resulting offspring would look like. Those are examples of the kinds of games that we can conduct. If possible, I may be able to procure a simple microscope so the participants would be able to see the drosophila in a bit more detail.
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10. Which of the following areas of science does your event best fit into?:
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11. Do you have a preferred day for your event to take place on?:
Sunday 8 September 2013