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It’s The New Society in Town: Genetics Soc

Besides a trip to Darwin’s house, Rachel Rajesh tells us the latest about the newest academic society in the block

The Genetics Society is a new addition to the Queen Mary Students’ Union and was set up to provide a platform for students who study genetics or are interested in the dynamic and exciting field revolutionising biology.

Kicking off the year with a meet and greet session gave many students the chance to meet Committee Members as well other students who share a love for genetics. This was followed by the first formal event of the year where we spent an enjoyable evening at the Science Museum in South Kensington. Students were able to take part in a series of engaging activities that helped to develop their understanding of many modern-day diseases. HIV and Malaria were two of several diseases that were studied over the course of the evening. This trip proved to be a remarkable hit with many students. ‘The trip proved to be an experience, a rich and entertaining time off from my hectic working schedule’, added a second year Biology student.

A trip to Darwin House took place which gave students an insight into the life and research of the famous scientist, Charles Darwin, whose contribution to scientific literature changed the face of biology and continues to shape our understanding of the natural world. The trip offered many exciting opportunities, including the chance to visit the gardens that inspired Darwin and to see the rooms where he worked on his masterpiece, The Origin of Species. The Genetics Society was delighted to host this event, and we were glad to have many students join us for a pleasant day in the beautiful Kent countryside. The lush greenery surrounding Darwin House was also a must see for students interested in sightseeing.

To be a part of the Genetics Society, please pay your annual membership fee. You can pay over the counter at the Students’ Hub, or through the Queen Mary Students’ Union website. If you have any queries, feel free to contact any of the Committee Members. Lastly, please don’t forget to like our Facebook page, so you are notified of upcoming events. We look forward to seeing you all in the future!

Image: QM Genetics Society

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