Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bottling Identities as the Mysteries of DNA Are Revealed

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bottling Identities as the Mysteries of DNA Are Revealed

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MORE than 70 people were able to "bottle" their identity yesterday after taking part in a Who Am I? session.

The event at Newcastle City Library, which explored genes and DNA, was part of the Newcastle ScienceFest programme, which runs until Sunday. During two workshops, participants used mouthwash to collect samples of cells from their cheeks. A solution was then used to make the DNA appear.

Each individual's DNA was placed in a small glass phial which can be worn as a pendant or as part of a necklace, or used as a key chain.

"As well as wearing their own unique identity, people could also give it as a gift to someone they love," said Nicola Stock, education officer at Newcastle Centre for Life, who helped run yesterday's offering with festival events co-ordinator Ashley Kent.

The workshops were preceded by a short play, called the Gene Machine. "It is about getting people thinking about what their genes can tell them about themselves and the ethical and moral issues surrounding the subject," added Nicola. …

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