UKRI exhibition: epigenetics and more…

Look what I came across in the exhibition hallway – UKRI making its mark! It was a chance to hear more about this new ‘entity’ and to discuss interesting ongoing research in many different fields.

Photos taken at the July 2018 EuroScience Open Forum Toulouse, France

I just couldn’t resist the chance to play with a hands on activity relating to epigenetics – a fun approach to understanding science.

Have you ever wondered how every cell of your body has the same DNA but is not doing the same thing and cells are doing different things at different times?

‘All of your body’s roughly 50 trillion cells contain the same genetic information encoded within your DNA. DNA is interpreted differently in each cell type due to epigenetics, a collection of chemical marks that affect how genes behave. As such, epigenetics is part of what allows each part of your body to do different jobs.’

‘UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation’

More about UKRI here
More about work in this area at the Babraham Institute, Cambridge,UK.

by Dr Julie Charlesworth