Terms like DNA, Genes, Chromosomes and Mutations are words that we come across in everyday life, in news stories, forensic thrillers, even in police procedural TV dramas and the X-Men films!. However, if you suddenly find that you or your child, or a friend or extended family member, have been diagnosed with a genetic disorder, you may want to understand those terms in more detail. It is understandably difficult to get to grips with all the terminology that the medical profession will be talking about with you. Even if you have pursued a Science career, you may not be familiar with the field of Genetics. Additionally, an unexpected diagnosis can be very confusing and worrying, and there is a lot of information to deal with during an emotional time. At Genetics Made Simple we aim to teach, through workshops and seminars, the basic science of DNA, the role of genes and the significance of genetic disorders. When you understand the building blocks of how we function, you will feel more confident in your conversations and interactions about the genetic disorder that you are affected by. We hope also through this program that we can quash any guilt or blame people may feel about their role in ‘causing’ a genetic variation.
“Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.”
— Kofi Annan, 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations
Once you feel confident in your understanding of the underlying science, you will be able to engage with equal confidence in the other information and research that is available about your specific condition.
Dr Claire Bristow-Riley
Anna Horton, Dr Clare Bayley, Dominic Riddex, Mary Meadows and Dr Suzanne Brewerton