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Birkbeck's Big Ideas: Beyond genetics: how is everyone unique?

Venue: External, City and Islington College, Centre for Lifelong Learning, 28-42 Blackstock Road, London, N4 2DG

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Join us for the first Birkbeck's Big Ideas of 2019 and come prepared for interesting discussion and fascinating research!

Birkbeck's Big Ideas is a series of thought-provoking free public lectures, delivered in the local community by Birkbeck researchers from a wide range of subject areas. Everyone is welcome to attend, regardless of previous educational experience, and the lectures are a chance to learn something new. This latest installment comes from Dr Szymon W. Manka, Postdoctoral Research Associate at Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology.

This lively and engaging talk will explore the following questions: How predetermined are we? Are we free or are we merely enacting some script, some inherited program that’s embedded within us? To what degree are we decoders and to what masters of our fate? What can parents actually tell about their offspring? Does blue blood exist? How do we explain the placebo effect?

The talk will introduce the audience to the fast-growing scientific field of epigenetics, and why we should care about it. If you want to understand more about how traits are passed down through generations and biochemical relationships between mind and body, this lecture is for you.

The event is FREE and open to all, but please note that seating is allocated on a first come first served basis. Registration and refreshments start at 6pm and the talk will commence at 6.15pm.

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We look forward to welcoming you to this Birkbeck's Big Ideas event!

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