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Hacking a virus (part of Discovery hub)

Event

Location

The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

Overview

Gene therapy offers a new hope to treat many devastating diseases, but how does it work?

Explore the ins and outs of gene therapy at Hacking a virus. Credit: D-Keine

Discuss how the therapy is tested for safety, what risks keep scientists worrying late at night, and what ethical issues arise from the ability to re-programme human cells, including cells in the brain.

Dr Stephanie Schorge and her team show how normally dangerous viruses can be stripped of their own genes and hijacked to deliver healthy genes to human cells. You will also get the chance to hack a virus yourself.

This event is part of our Summer Science Exhibition Lates evening. 

Drop-in activity – these activities run continuously and you can drop in at any time. Please note if the venue is at capacity you may have to wait.

Attending the event

For all enquiries, please email exhibition@royalsociety.org.

Hacking a virus (part of Discovery hub) The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK