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In conversation with the Ahringer Group at the Gurdon Institute

Thursday 14 March: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Gurdon Institute, Wellcome Trust/Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute The Henry Wellcome Building Tennis Court Road, CB2 1QN

Chromosomes: more than just DNA!

Almost every cell in your body contains 2 meters of DNA. How is this possible when most cells are far too small for us to see with the naked eye? This precious information fits into our tiny cells because it is wrapped tightly around spool-like proteins, forming structures called chromosomes.

In order to stay healthy, our cells must constantly divide, keeping their DNA intact with each division. Chromosomes help keep DNA safe during division, but mistakes still happen from time to time.

The molecular structure of chromosomes is essential to our well-being; the way the DNA winds around the spool-like proteins can control which genes are expressed and when. This epigenetic mechanism (of winding and un-winding) has been associated with blood diseases, inflammation, and other autoimmune diseases when it doesn’t operate properly.

Professor Julie Ahringer’s research investigates how the structure of chromosomes affects health, growth and development.

Join us for an evening talk followed by discussion and drinks with our scientists.

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01223 766766

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Full access, Accessible toilet

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Age: 15+, Talk, Arrive on time, Free