Happy Ri Advent

This year's Ri advent series is an ambitious video journey through the human genome. Inspired by the 2013 CHRISTMAS LECTURES with Dr Alison Woollard, 24 different videos will be released each day between 1 December and Christmas Eve. The short films will explore the 23 pairs of human chromosomes and the mitochondrial DNA that make up the building blocks of human life.

The series

Highlights include geneticist Dr Adam Rutherford exploring what 'junk' DNA is, a light-hearted look at male baldness with former Christmas lecturer Mark Miodownik, and a visit to Alison's lab at the University of Oxford to learn more about the genetic control of ageing. We'll explain Nobel Prize winning science, take a trip to the zoo and delve into the mysteries of ginger hair.

The series will also raise awareness of several rare and not-so-rare genetic disorders such as Alkaptonuria (AKU) as well as other more well known diseases with a hereditary link including breast cancer. Through interviews with experts and personal stories we'll reveal the genetic secrets behind these conditions and highlight the latest cutting-edge research to help prevent, treat and manage them.

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Explore our interactive Chromosome advent calendar at rigb.org.uk/advent 

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Chromosome: Ri Advent Calendar 2013

A journey through the human genome in 24 short films

Chromosome: Ri Advent 2013

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