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Biology/Medicine: Latest Developments & Advances in Gene Sequencing With Dr Ellen Bell From University of East Anglia

25th May 2023 @ 12:45 - 13:30

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In this Biology/Medicine session, Dr Ellen Bell, Lecturer in Ecology in the School of Biological Sciences at UEA, will run an interactive talk for students on Latest Developments & Advances in Gene Sequencing.

The last 20 years have seen a revolution in terms of genetic and genomic sequencing, which has largely been driven by advances in technology allowing the production of massively paralleled sequencing platforms. These platforms can produce very large quantities of sequencing data, over short time frames and at increasingly reduced costs. In 2007 the cost of sequencing a human genome was estimated to be $1 million, by 2014 this had reduced to $1000 and today this has come down to $600. This has had huge and resounding implications on many sub-disciplines within the field of biology and medicine, from human health and disease, to food security and crop science to evolution, ecology and conservation.

In this session we will explore some of the latest developments in the sequencing revolution and then look at some of the applications and insights that these developments have made possible across the field of biological science.


The session will develop thinking, skills and approaches to support students in their Biology/Medicine studies and future aspirations.


Lecturer Profile (Please Click): Dr Ellen Bell


Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but slides and other resources will be shared after the event, where available.


Suitable for: Year 12 & 13 students (and equivalent) studying, or with a possible interest in studying, Biology/Medicine and related disciplines. Student groups as well as students and teachers joining individually are very welcome.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students may wish to consider the topic in advance and questions they have. Students can also think about questions about studying Biology/Medicine at university level.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans (similar to Zoom) and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:

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