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To mark the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the DNA double helix, Bio-Rad Laboratories and the Institute of Biology are running 15 gene technology courses across the UK between now and July 15. Topics include DNA fingerprinting, and pGLO bacterial transformation (using a free biotechnology kit for your school). Fee: pound;75. Contact Dominic Delaney at Bio-Rad or Georgina Day at the Institute of Biology:

Tel: 020 8328 2245; 020 7581 8333

Email: dominic_Delaney@bio-rad.com; g.day@iob.org

* The British Association's annual Festival of Science will be held at Salford University, September 8-12, on the theme "Sustainable science".

Highlights will include: research in predicting weather and climate change; Sir Peter Williams, BA president, on sustainability and sustaining science; and how the Johannesburg summit of 2002 has changed the way that sustainability issues are taught. Tel: 020 7973 3052 www.britassoc.org.ukthe ba

* The Royal Society's summer science exhibition will be held at 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1, July 1-3. Post-16 students are encouraged to discuss cutting-edge science with researchers. Among the 20 exhibits will be: how optical technology can be used to diagnose lung cancer and prospect for oil or gas; and "Guppy love" - how Trinidadian guppies are giving insights into how new species may be formed. Check out the 2002 exhibition at www.sc1.ac.uk. Accompanying resources will be sent to those who register by May 2 at: Tel: 020 7451 2561 or www.royalsoc.ac.ukeducation

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