Green Man Festival's Einstein's Garden : MRC IEU Researchers' Stall
2 September 2014
This summer, a group of MRC IEU researchers with a flair for science communication took a stall to Green Man Festival's Einstein's Garden.
This summer, a group of IEU researchers with a flair for science communication took a stall to Green Man Festival's Einstein's Garden.
The "Gene Genies" put on a fun, interactive exhibit designed to educate and inspire interest in genetics and epidemiology. By taking part in the activities, festival-goers learnt about how their genes, environment and lifestyle influence their health and identity.
The stall was decorated with beautiful nucleotide bunting that could be matched with its complimentary strand to complete the DNA structure. There was also an opportunity to take part in some mini research projects including plotting height against age, finding out if lifestyles and behaviours vary in different regions of the UK and testing whether people who have the genetic variant that means they can taste a bitter chemical are less likely to like the taste of broccoli. Younger visitors had fun making their own double-stranded DNA bracelets with a copy of the DNA sequence for their eye or hair colour, or deciphering the genetic code from a monster mum and dad and drawing their baby monster.
The stall was very popular, attracting hundreds of visitors over the festival weekend.
More information can be found on the Gene Genies' Twitter feed www.twitter.com/GeneGenies.