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This week at the Progress Educational Trust (23 July 2014)

Kári Stefánsson, Founder and Chief Executive of deCODE Genetics and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's conference 'The Commercialisation of Life', taking place in central London on Tuesday 2 December 2014

The Progress Educational Trust (PET) is delighted to announce that the first speaker confirmed for its 2014 Annual Conference 'The Commercialisation of Life' is Dr Kári Stefánsson, Founder and Chief Executive of deCODE Genetics.

deCODE is an internationally renowned biopharmaceutical company based in Iceland, whose work on the human genome has provoked wide-ranging debate and discussion over the past two decades. Dr Stefánsson is therefore ideally placed to discuss the relationship of genomic data to both private interests and public interests.

'The Commercialisation of Life' will take place on Tuesday 2 December at University College London's Institute of Child Health. Booking will open soon, but you can register your interest now by emailing

In the meantime, you can sample PET's most recent events by listening to the four podcasts below. These have been produced as part of the Wellcome Trust supported project 'Breast Cancer: Chances, Choices and Genetics', with each podcast featuring panel speakers from the project's events interviewed by PET Science Editor James Brooks.


1. 'Relative Risk: Breast Cancer and Genetics'
Listen using the player below or download by clicking here (.mp3 17.6MB)


2. 'Risk Assessment: Breast Cancer, Prediction and Screening'
Listen using the player below or download by clicking here (.mp3 16.9MB)


3. 'Risk Management: Breast Cancer, Business and Patents'
Listen using the player below or download by clicking here (.mp3 14.9MB)


4. 'Breast Cancer Risk: Facts, Fictions and the Future'
Listen using the player below or download by clicking here (.mp3 16.2MB)



Dr Sarah Testori, Volunteer at the Progress Educational Trust (PET) Sandy Starr, Communications Officer at the Progress Educational Trust (PET) and Webmaster of PET's flagship publication BioNews

In other news this week, PET Communications Officer Sandy Starr spoke at a debate entitled 'Artificial Intelligence vs Humans' (he was standing up for humans), organised by ManTownHuman at the offices of Zaha Hadid Architects. Meanwhile, PET Volunteer Dr Sarah Testori attended a conference entitled 'Genomic Sequencing: Why Is It Important and How Can It Help You?', organised by Genetic Alliance UK.

Sarah has written a review of the latter event for PET's flagship publication BioNews. Subscribe to BioNews for free here, to be kept up-to-date with the latest developments in genetics, assisted conception and embryo/stem cell research and to be given a heads-up when PET's next podcast becomes available.

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