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Can we change our genes?

Prof. Giles Yeo

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?

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Every person in the world is different. We all have physical characteristics and quirks that make us unique. Genes are found in every one of the 37 trillion cells that make up our body and most genes are the same in everyone, but are they really responsible for everything, our weight, our temperament or even our intelligence? 

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? Much of the excitement around gene editing is fuelled by its potential to treat or prevent human diseases, while modern gene editing is quite precise it is not perfect, are there any other ways you change your genes naturally? Is our biology no longer our destiny?

In this fascinating talk, leading geneticist and Professor from Cambridge University Giles Yeo joins us to unravel how what we eat and think and how we handle stress, plus just living our everyday lives creates an internal biochemistry that can actually turn genes on or off. 

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Getting Into Your Genes

Prof. Giles Yeo

Giles Yeo. A geneticist with over 20 years’ experience dedicated to researching the genetics of obesity. Giles received his PhD in molecular genetics from the University of Cambridge.

Getting Into Your Genes Collection

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?

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