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The Tortoiseshell Cat in the Junk Yard

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We are delighted to have Nessa Carey to talk to all of you – she’s had an incredibly interesting and varied career working in: - Metropolitan Police Forensic Science Lab - Academia (Virology, Human Genetics, Molecular Biology) - 13 years in the Biotech and Pharmaceutical sector AND - Author of 2 books: “The Epigenetic Revolution” and “Junk DNA ”

Most people working in biology are familiar with using model systems in the lab, but sometimes we can use household pets to give us insights. Starting with the tortoiseshell cat, Nessa Carey will guide us from a gene-based model of DNA into the dynamic view of the genome, focussing on the 98% of so-called junk and the weird world of epigenetics.

Bio: Nessa Carey has a virology PhD from the University of Edinburgh and is a former Senior Lecturer in Molecular Biology at Imperial College, London. She worked in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry for thirteen years and is now International Director for the UK’s leading organisation for technology transfer professionals. She lives in Norfolk and is a Visiting Professor at Imperial College. More info at

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