At the Bar: Accessible Genome

“Your genome is not you, but it certainly informs who you are. Your individual genome will become ever more important” (The Crux | Discover Magazine)

Advances in gene sequencing technologies plus increased computer capacity for information analysis means we are on the verge of being able to access and understand our full hereditary database – our genome.

So what are the implications for us once we have access to all this information? What impacts might this have on us personally in terms of health care, insurance and privacy? Where are the potential applications we have not yet fully explored, and what are the broader social issues this opens up?

Join us from 6-8 pm Monday 25th June at The Gallery on Waymouth for an evening of information and discussion about the future of genomics. Our guest speakers will include:

  • Janette Edson, PhD student at the Centre for Ancient DNA at the University of Adelaide, on DNA, ancestry and forensics
  • Dr Chris Slape, Research Fellow at the Australia Centre for Blood Diseases, on genetic diagnostics, treatments, and a personal perspective on current genetic typing
  • Prof Garrett Cullity, Department of Philosophy at the University of Adelaide on the different types of ethical dilemmas raised by genomics
The hashtag for this event is #mygenome. The event is free, but please RSVP through Eventbrite at You can also join our Facebook event for updates and links to relevant articles.
This event is presented by Bridge8 for the National Enabling Technologies Strategy in the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.


  1. See the blog post by panellist Dr Chris Slape here:


  1. […] Thanks to Dr Chris Slape, we are reminded that we also hosted “At the Bar: Your Accessible Genome” – a panel at a pub to discuss the implications of cheap and accesible genomics. Thanks […]

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