Sixth Form Biologists enjoy DNA and Genetics lectures

Last Wednesday, Sixth Form biologists travelled to London for a day of lectures on DNA and Genetics at the Education Centre of the University of London. We first heard from Professor Paul Sharpe (Kings College), who talked about the future of teeth and how through some genetic engineering, they might in the future be able to re-grow themselves when knocked out. Then Professor Mark Jobling (University of Leicester) spoke about DNA fingerprinting in forensic science and told us some interesting stories about how it has grown and is used in tracking down criminals. Next was a talk on the use of artificial materials being used in the body to potentially replace organs from Molly M. Stevens (Imperial College). There was an interactive talk about mutations in DNA and how this can affect your genes and make you ‘super human’ and finally, Dr Kevin Fong (UCL), who is a presenter for Horizon documentaries, talked to us about the extreme limits your body can go to and told a story of a girl who died for three hours and then came back to life. Once the nerves in her arms and legs had recovered, she was fine, able to move and had no brain damage.

By Poppy Duncan and Emily Blackley, 6.1


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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