Genomic Expressions: Express yourself at new exhibition
What does genomics mean to you? It may mean family and inheritance, or scientific research into disease and big data. How would you answer the question? Genomic Expressions is a new exhibition at the Wellcome Genome Campus that displays the creative efforts of the people who work across the campus, reflecting what genomics means to them – from vivid paintings and sculptures to baked goods and audio experiences.
The exhibition is part of the Wellcome Genome Campus’ Open Saturdays programme, which are free to attend but booking is required. Open Saturday dates include 24th March, 21st April, 19th May and 16th June 2018.
A genome is the unique DNA code possessed by all living things. It is the set of genetic instructions needed to create life. The Wellcome Genome Campus was established as part of the Human Genome Project, an initiative to sequence the entire human genome for the first time. The project took 13 years to complete but it changed how we understand biology. Today, researchers based at the Wellcome Genome Campus work towards understanding thousands of genomes to help improve human health.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Wellcome Sanger Institute, one of the two institutes based at the Wellcome Genome Campus that was established as part of the Human Genome Project. To reflect on 25 years of genomic research on the campus, research assistants, administrators, software developers and senior scientists have come together to express in an exhibition what genomics means to them.
“One of the wonderful things about being a genome scientist is the personal connection to your own research. My work involves finding genetic variants involved with diseases, and every one of those discoveries tells me something about myself, too.”
Dr Jeffrey Barrett, Director of Open Targets and Senior Group Leader at the Wellcome Sanger Institute
“Genomics means ‘family’ to me. It’s the silver thread that links me to my relatives; it’s about what is shared within my family and our communal heritage. My sister, mother and maternal grandfather are all artists and sculptors.”
Dr Anna Middleton, Head of Society and Ethics Research at the Wellcome Genome Campus
“For me, genomics is about exploration. It is a chance to understand a hidden language that unites all life yet at the same time, almost paradoxically, underscores biological diversity.”
Alex Cagan, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Wellcome Sanger Institute