Getting Into Your Genes

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DNA is the code of life. And it’s the DNA in your genes that determines the traits that make you who and what you are.  Our genes are unique but with so many scientific advancements, what have we learnt about ourselves from our genes?

In this Series we go on a journey from the origins of genetics to how food sometimes interferes with the genetic code and will look to the future of how new technologies could help control disease and extend life itself. 

In a series of masterclasses on Genes & Genetics, the effervescent Giles Yeo, Professor of Genetics at the University of Cambridge, will be explaining what we know about the genetic code and what is still to be uncovered about the interplay between our genes and environmental factors in shaping our personalities, looks, intelligence and health.  How much is really pre-determined by our genes?

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Talks structure30 minute lecture20 minute Q&A
LocationOnline
Professor Giles Yeo takes us on a journey to destroy the misinformation and pseudo-science myths around food & genetics to help us understand our genetic makeupUshma Vyas - Series Producer

4 talks in this Garden Series

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01

Human Biology & Medicine
Science & Nature
Is our future really written in our genes?

We all know that genes provide the blueprint for life. They're the code written into our DNA, but can they also predict our future? What can we learn from our genes?  Read more

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Prof. Giles Yeo

University of Cambridge

Giles Yeo is now a Professor of Molecular Metabolism and programme leader at the MRC Metabolic Diseases Unit in Cambridge and his research currently focuses on the influence of genes on feeding behaviour & body-weight.

In addition, he is a graduate tutor and fellow of Wolfson College, and Honorary President of the British Dietetic Association. Giles is also a broadcaster and author, presenting science documentaries for the BBC, and hosts a podcast called ‘Dr Giles Yeo Chews The Fat’. His first book ‘Gene Eating’ was published in December 2018, and his second book ‘Why Calories Don’t Count’ came out in June 2021. Giles was appointed an MBE in the Queen’s 2020 birthday honours for services to ‘Research, Communication and Engagement.

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02

Science & Nature
Human Biology & Medicine
Can we change our genes?

If you inherit your genes from your parents do they determine your entire life? Genes are the building blocks of life and as technology in gene editing  intensifies can or should we change our genes? Read more

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Prof. Giles Yeo

University of Cambridge

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03

Human Biology & Medicine
Science & Nature
Do calories really count?

The basic truth of dieting holds true, to lose weight, you have to burn more energy than you eat. What role do our genes play in influencing what we like to eat? And what affect do genes have on body weight? Read more

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Prof. Giles Yeo

University of Cambridge

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04

Human Biology & Medicine
Society & Politics
Is obesity a choice?

According to the World Obesity Federation it is estimated that over 1 billion will be affected by obesity by 2025. Does obesity lie within our control? What impact do genes have on our appetite and body weight? Read more

Prof. Giles Yeo

University of Cambridge

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