Genes Talking is a ground-breaking time-based installation of a live working laboratory in the ICA theatre (for more information, see page 18). Volunteer scientists will be doing genuine experiments using DNA sequencing technology, the technology used in the Human Genome Project. The public will be able to see the lab working on a day-to-day basis, talk to the scientists, and take part in the analysis of the results. To coincide with Genes Talking the following talks will take place:

Archive listings for Talking Genes

Work type: Talk.

The Language Gene - T1701557805

Is human language a natural progression of animal communications, or has there been a genetic leap in our ability to communicate? The issue of whether there is continuity between animal communication and human language has always been contentious. But what clues can the new science of comparative genomics offer? Professor Anthony Monaco, Director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics and Head of the Neurogenetics group; Professor Stephen Oppenheimer, Research Associate with the Institute of Human Sciences, Oxford University and author of Out of Eden , Heather van der Lely, Professor and Director of the Centre for Developmental Language Disorders and Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London. Chair: Professor Amanda Fisher, MRC Clinical Sciences Centre.
14 Jul 05ICA, Inner London :: V205
listing details L02039892388

Sci-art: Collaboration or Con? - T1708578814

Thanks to the lavish investment of major cultural institutions, sci-art has moved from a niche pursuit into the mainstream. But is it simply an excuse for bad art? Can the encounter between science and arts change ways of thinking creatively and lead to fruitful new avenues, or is it an excuse for a failure or vision - and a failure to communicate that vision - on both sides. Lewis Wolpert, Emeritus Professor of Biology as Applied to Medicine, University College London; Ken Arnold, Head of Public Programmes, The Wellcome Trust; Sandra Kemp, Head of Research, Royal College of Art, Sian Ede, Arts Director, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation UK and author of Art and Science. Chair: Emma Crichton-Miller, journalist and writer.
11 Jul 05ICA, Inner London :: V205
listing details L01927130800

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