Open Day – UCT Genetics, Cell Biology and Biochemistry

On August 28th, 2012, posted in: Academic, Life Sciences by

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On the 28 August Michelle Lee, Grace Steel, Amalia de Abreu, Ruqaya Gabier and I had the privilege of attending UCT’s Genetics, Cell Biology and Biochemistry Open Day with Miss Muhl. We were exposed to some of the more interesting developments in the Health Sciences Faculty: this included learning about the use of DNA in identifying criminals, the field of pharmacogenetics (which will see individuals having their medication tailored to their specific gene structure) and how South Africa’s unique history relates to the genetic disease Porphyria. We were even allowed to perform experiments in a lab and wear lab coats! Overall the day was highly valuable and we were exposed to fascinating advances in the fiend of Science and Physiology.

Lauren Geldenhuys.