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In the first decades of the 21st century, researchers are beginning to understand in detail how our genetic inheritance makes us who we are. At the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, our aim is to extend that understanding in order to gain a clearer insight into mechanisms of health and disease. Looking across all three billion letters of the human genetic code, we aim to pinpoint variant spellings and discover how they increase or decrease an individual’s risk of falling ill.

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In the first decades of the 21st century, researchers are beginning to understand in detail how our genetic inheritance makes us who we are. At the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, our aim is to extend that understanding in order to gain a clearer insight into mechanisms of health and disease. Looking across all three billion letters of the human genetic code, we aim to pinpoint variant spellings and discover how they increase or decrease an individual’s risk of falling ill.

    The Heart and the Head, the full evening of science, storytelling, and music

    The Heart and the Head, the full evening of science, storytelling, and music

    An evening of storytelling and music where researchers from the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, the Jenner Institute, and Cancer Research UK came together to tell stories about their lives as scientists, with live musical accompaniment. On the 10th of October 2015, The Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, with support from Cancer Research UK and The Wellcome Trust, put on an evening of storytelling and music where researchers from the Centre, the Jenner Institute, and Cancer Research UK came together to tell stories about their lives as scientists, with live musical accompaniment from Oxford-based folk band “James Bell and the Half Moon All Stars”. It took place under the dinosaurs at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, and our speakers were Irina Pulyakhina (WTCHG), Anna Fowler (WTCHG), Erwan Atcheson (Jenner), Portia Westall (WTCHG), and Daniel Bulte (CRUK). This track contains the entire evening, but you can listen to specific sections of it in the other tracks in this series. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    • 56 min
    The Heart and the Head, Part 1

    The Heart and the Head, Part 1

    Irina Pulyakhina, from the Julian Knight group at the WTCHG, speaks about her time helping a Masters student through an important presentation. This is the first part of our evening of storytelling and music, where researchers from the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, the Jenner Institute, and Cancer Research UK, came together to tell stories about their lives as scientists, with live musical accompaniment from Oxford-based folk group “James Bell and the Half Moon All Stars”. It took place under the dinosaurs at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    • 6 min
    The Heart and the Head, Part 2

    The Heart and the Head, Part 2

    Anna Fowler, from the Lunter group at the WTCHG, speaks about how the patterns around a close-call in the desert makes her think about her work. This is the second part of our evening of storytelling and music, where researchers from the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, the Jenner Institute, and Cancer Research UK, came together to tell stories about their lives as scientists, with live musical accompaniment from Oxford-based folk group “James Bell and the Half Moon All Stars”. It took place under the dinosaurs at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    • 5 min
    The Heart and the Head, Part 3

    The Heart and the Head, Part 3

    Erwan Atcheson, from the Jenner Institute, speaks about his time studying parasitic worms, and the worries that come with it. This is the third part of our evening of storytelling and music, where researchers from the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, the Jenner Institute, and Cancer Research UK, came together to tell stories about their lives as scientists, with live musical accompaniment from Oxford-based folk group “James Bell and the Half Moon All Stars”. It took place under the dinosaurs at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    • 6 min
    The Heart and the Head, Part 4

    The Heart and the Head, Part 4

    Portia Westall, from the Donnelly group at the WTCHG, speaks about how she thinks about music when working on DNA sequences. This is the fourth part of our evening of storytelling and music, where researchers from the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, the Jenner Institute, and Cancer Research UK, came together to tell stories about their lives as scientists, with live musical accompaniment from Oxford-based folk group “James Bell and the Half Moon All Stars”. It took place under the dinosaurs at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    • 5 min
    The Heart and the Head, Part 5

    The Heart and the Head, Part 5

    Daniel Bulte, from the Department of Oncology, speaks about what happens when they discover an ‘incidental finding’. This is the final part of our evening of storytelling and music, where researchers from the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, the Jenner Institute, and Cancer Research UK, came together to tell stories about their lives as scientists, with live musical accompaniment from Oxford-based folk group “James Bell and the Half Moon All Stars”. It took place under the dinosaurs at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    • 6 min

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