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The Society of Biology is an event partner in a debate on 3rd April about the potential of the Human Genome Project. The event is hosted by the professional advisory firm KPMG and +91 Europe.

‘From Building Blocks to Blockbusters: The future of the Human Genome’ will examine how the unlocking of the secrets of our genetic code has given birth to a biological revolution.

Over 10 years, with 2.7 billion US Dollars investment, the first whole human genome sequence was produced. Today, genomic sequencing can be undertaken for as little as $1000 and in less than a week.

So what will be achieved in the next 10 years? Will personalised treatments, targeted to your specific genome, be developed? Which breakthrough treatments can we expect? What regulatory challenges lie ahead? How long before we begin to carry our genetic sequence on our smart phones!

Keynotes speakers:

Sir John Chisholm, executive chairman, Genomics England
Dr Alison Woollard FSB, lecturer in genetics, University of Oxford
Baroness Susan Greenfield CBE, neuroscientist, writer and broadcaster
Alastair Kent OBE, director, Genetic Alliance UK
Professor Hilary Thomas, head of life sciences strategy, KPMG in the UK Advisory

The event will take place on Thursday 3rd April at KPMG’s office in Canary Wharf. For more details, please see our events pages.