Is food love-hate coded in your DNA?

This Valentine’s special is the first of an exciting new programme of monthly Café Sci events in Cambridge

Is food love-hate coded in your DNA?

Does your genetic makeup affect your choice of foods?
Does your genetic makeup affect your choice of foods?

Can your DNA say if you love or hate Marmite, or prefer a Malbec over Merlot? Genetic testing is hitting the mainstream, but what can your DNA actually reveal about you? Join us on Valentine’s night for the first event of a lively new series of Café Sci to find out more about the real science truths, and discuss how you think genetic data should be used.

‘What does your DNA actually say about you?’ is a free Café Sci event that will be held on Wednesday 14th February at 7pm, at the Locker Café, 54 King Street, Cambridge CB1 1LN.

Patrick Short* is a scientist at the Wellcome Sanger Institute who specialises in the study of human genetics. He will explore how millions of people are using DIY genetic test kits to learn more about their ancestry, risk for diseases like breast cancer, and discover how to improve treatment for diseases they already have.

But does it end there? Can your DNA also tell you what food and drink you like, or even predict your fitness and sporting prowess? We invite you to Café Sci to discuss potential applications of genetic testing technology and separate the science from the myths and wishful thinking.

This Valentine’s special is the first of an exciting new programme of monthly Café Sci events in Cambridge. From the dark side of wearable fitness technologies and the study of brains in sheep, to origami folding proteins and the hunt for monster galaxies, find out about the latest research from the brightest minds in and around Cambridge. The re-launch of Café Sci Cambridge is brought to you by Wellcome Genome Campus Public Engagement.

Notes to Editors

* Patrick Short is a final-year PhD student at the Wellcome Sanger Institute working with Dr. Matt Hurles on understanding the role of mutations outside of genes in severe developmental disorders. Patrick has also co-founded a start-up called Heterogeneous that allows individuals to contribute their genetic data to different research projects with full control over how their data is used and who it is accessed by.

Selected Websites
What is genetic testing?FactsWhat is genetic testing?
Genetic testing is an incredibly useful tool for identifying changes or mutations in DNA that could lead to genetic disease.

Direct-to-consumer testingStoriesDirect-to-consumer testing
Have you ever wanted to know more about your genetic make-up? Direct-to-consumer testing is now making this possible through tests you can order online. But is there a more serious side to us having such easy access to all of the information in our genomes?

Direct-to-consumer genetic testingVideoDirect-to-consumer genetic testing
This film explores direct-to-consumer genetic testing through the stories of people who have considered taking this type of genetic test.

Genetic counsellingStoriesGenetic counselling
Genetic counsellors are health professionals who help people faced with the possibility of a genetic disease to make informed decisions about their futures.

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