Real Voices interview: Alice

Meet Alice, who is now studying Biological Sciences at university

Illustration of Alice
Credit:

Illustration © Lyndon Hayes

What subjects did you study at post-16?

Biology, Maths, Chemistry and AS Spanish.

What was your extended project on?

Do direct-to-consumer genetics tests endanger or empower the consumer and is their net effect beneficial or detrimental?

Tell us a little more about the process.

My project developed from an initial inkling that genome sequencing was an interesting area, to basing my project around the more specific topic of direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing.

Firstly, I did a lot of research into current genomics research and thought that either the Human Genome Project or genome-wide association studies and their ethics would be interesting topics.

My course organiser connected me with Dr Hickman, who worked at Nowgen in Manchester; he helped me to narrow my title to DTC genetic testing and then supported me through the essay-writing process, reviewing my drafts. This was incredibly helpful and really shaped my project.

Where are you studying now?

Biological Sciences at University College London.

About this resource

This resource was first published in ‘Go Further: A practical guide to extended science projects’ in June 2015.

Topics:
Genetics and genomics, Careers
Issue:
Go Further: A practical guide to extended science projects
Education levels:
16–19, Independent research projects