Real Voices interview: Alice
Meet Alice, who is now studying Biological Sciences at university
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.