Herding Hemingway's Cats by Kat Arney
Herding Hemingway's Cats by Kat Arney
The language of genes has become common parlance. We know they make your eyes blue, your hair curly or your nose straight. The media tells us that our genes control the risk of cancer, heart disease, alcoholism or Alzheimer's. The cost of DNA sequencing has plummeted from billions of pounds to a few hundred, and gene-based advances in medicine hold huge promise.
So we've all heard of genes, but how do they actually work?
There are 2.2 metres of DNA inside every one of your cells, encoding roughly 20,000 genes. These are the 'recipes' that tell our cells how to make the building blocks of life, along with myriad control switches ensuring they're turned on and off at the right time and in the right place. But rather than a static string of genetic code, this is a dynamic, writhing biological library. Figuring out how it all works - how your genes build your body - is a major challenge for researchers around the world. And what they're discovering is that far from genes being a fixed, deterministic blueprint, things are much more random and wobbly than anyone expected.
Drawing on stories ranging from six toed cats and stickleback hips to Mickey Mouse mice and zombie genes - told by researchers working at the cutting edge of genetics - Kat Arney explores the mysteries in our genomes with clarity, flair and wit, creating a companion reader to the book of life itself.
To buy the book online: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1472910044/ref=as_li_tl?camp=1634&creative=6738&creativeASIN=1472910044&linkCode=as2&tag=youdotoomuc-21
Web page for author: http://katarney.com
3rd European Conference of Science Journalists
European Conference of Science Journalists 26-30 June 2017, Copenhagen. Registration opens 31 January 2017
3rd European Conference of Science Journalists 2016
Thank you to all our speakers, delegates, volunteers, sponsors and supporters.
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Saturday 23 July 09:30-17:00, Manchester Central, Manchester, M2 3GX, UK
The 3rd European Conference of Science Journalists (ECSJ) was be held as a satellite event at EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF
). The Conference jointly organized by the Association of British Science Writers (ABSW) and the European Union of Science Journalist Associations (EUSJA
), replaced the ABSW’s biennial UK Conference of Science Journalists
, extending its reach to journalists throughout Europe.
The 1st European Conference of Science Journalists
was held as a satellite event to ESOF 2014 in Denmark. The event, jointly organized by the Danish Science Journalists’ Association (DV) and the European Union of Science Journalists’ Associations (EUSJA), discussed new ways to improve the status of science in broadcast media, how to start your own science publication, the opportunities of investigative journalism, the ethical balance between science journalism and science communication and new initiatives for improvement of gender balance for science in the media.
The 2nd European Conference of Science Journalists
, organized by the Hungarian Club of Science Journalists and EUSJA, was held in Budapest as part of the World Science Forum in 2015. The conference examined stakeholder-driven communication, the communication of infectious diseases, the reporting of climate change and the role of the journalist as an entrepreneur.
3rd European Conference of Science Journalists Programme
The 3rd ECSJ had four key aims:
• To discuss and debate contemporary issues in science journalism
• To encourage and provide skills for newcomers
• To promote professional development
• To enable journalists to link with colleagues, encouraging journalistic entrepreneurship
The ABSW and EUSJA welcomed over 150 delegates to Manchester to meet with colleagues old and new and discover the common themes and issues affecting science journalists today and into the future.
European Conference of Science Journalists 2016
The ABSW was due to hold its biennial UK Conference of Science Journalists
(UKCSJ) in June 2016, however as ESOF
is coming to the UK in 2016 along with the newly founded European Conference of Science Journalists (ECSJ) common sense suggests that we join with our European Colleagues. So in 2016 the UKCSJ will be incorporated into the European Conference of Science Journalists and be jointly organised by the ABSW and EUSJA
Date: Saturday 23 July 2016 10:00-18:00
We will be negotiating special rates for ABSW members and members of other European Journalism Associations plus special deals for those attending both ESOF and ECSJ.
See our events pages
for more on the Conference as it develops and to register your interest in attending.
Put the date in your diary and look out for regular updates on the programme.