Science Exchange Wallingford: The 100,000 Genomes Project

Tuesday 14th November 2017, Wallingford School Library by Jennifer Whitfield, Oxford NHS Genomic Medicine Centre

The 100,000 Genomes Project aims to sequence the genomes of approximately 70,000 NHS patients with rare diseases and cancer.  This is currently the largest national sequencing project of its kind in the world. The ultimate goal is to create a new genomic medicine service in the NHS, transforming patient care and enabling research into the causes and treatment of genetic disease.  For some patients a genetic diagnosis will be made where this hasn’t previously been possible, for others, particularly cancer patients, there is the potential for new personalised treatments.

 The talk will introduce genomics and the 100,000 Genomes Project, the challenges it faces, and how it hopes to make personalised medicine a reality.  If you had your genome sequenced, what would it tell you?  Would you want to know?

Science Exchange Wallingford’s next meeting is at 7.30pm on Tuesday 14th November in Wallingford School Library, St George’s Road, Wallingford OX10 8HH.  Meetings are very informal. Speakers talk for about half an hour, then we break for refreshments and return for a lively question and answer session.  We are grateful that the continued support of local company Triaster, Wallingford School and the generosity of our speakers ensures that each event is free to attend.  We are also privileged to be a Café Scientifique.  (http://www.cafescientifique.org/).

Cholsey Silver Band performance, October 21 in aid of the Wallingford Corn Exchange

  • Cholsey Silver Band will be performing a very special concert in St Mary-le- More church in Wallingford on Saturday 21 October and will be donating all profits to the Corn Exchange’s ongoing building appeal.
  • The evening will consist of a lively programme of music showing the sheer versatility of this talented band guaranteed set toes a-tapping. The playlist will include Oh Listen to the Band, Alfie, Is This the Way to Amarillo, All That Jazz, Come Fly With Me, Benedictus, Slaidburn, Mack the Knife…and many more. Solo turns will include Howard Brett on the flugelhorn and Debbie Parker on the euphonium.
  • The concert starts at 7.30pm and is scheduled to finish at around 9.30pm with a break for
    refreshments.
  • Tickets are £10 adults, £5 children and will be on sale at The Wallingford Bookshop, The Music Box, KP Stationers, Just Trading and Wallingford Information Centre. They will also be
    available from the Corn Exchange foyer on Friday and Saturday mornings and can be booked online at www.cornexchange.org.uk.

APPLE JUICE DAY, Sunday 29 October: raising funds for Prostate Cancer UK

  • Come and enjoy turning your apples into fresh juice and also enjoy a tea or coffee with some extra special home-made cakes.
  • Bring your apples and plenty of clean bottles to store your juice. The plastic screw top bottles are best. Apples should be washed well in water and stalks should be removed. You will be preparing the apples by removing the bruised or damaged parts and the rest is pulped in a home-made machine which was once a small garden wood chipper! After that they are placed in a home-made press to extract the juice straight into your bottles.
  • Children are very welcome but as we are using knives, water containers and machines please make sure you can ensure total supervision at all times.
  • Donations are requested and we do not have a set charge.
  • To be held at 91 Ilges Lane.
  • Please try to walk rather than drive if attending as parking is limited.
  • Start time 10am and finishing about 2pm, though this time may be extended if we get lots of interest and apples to press.
  • Contact David Cross on 07803 753494