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Based at The University of Edinburgh, the ESRC Genomics Policy and Research Forum is part of the ESRC Genomics Network and pioneers new ways to promote and communicate social research on the contemporary life sciences.

Friday, 16 September 2011

Read Your Own on 22nd September

This is another recent TED talk I think is worth a gander...not for those who are already familiar with what is going on in the life sciences so much as for those who aren't.

Like almost everything else I come across it's a mixture of hype and caution for me...and it's worth bearing in mind that the bio-industrial revolution here described is only one narrow corner of the whole picture : personalised medicine, individual genome sequencing.

To Resnick's credit he knows that it raises as many questions as it answers. But he gives a sense of how transformative the new thinking in biology is going to be. If you've got the cash...as insurance companies surely do, among others.

If I get the chance and the laptop, I'll be playing this at our Translating the Genome Free and Open discussion on Thursday next at 4pm in the Traverse bar.

May need a drink after.

Peter Arnott is Resident Playwright at the ESRC Genomics Forum April 2011 - April 2012. Appointed in partnership with the Traverse Theatre Edinburgh, Peter will be hosting a number of public engagements as he explores ideas and seeks inspiration for a genomics related play.

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