A chocolate sale to help support genomic integrity research
A super holiday gift - artisanal 'grand cru' chocolates from Gruyère - is on sale to fundraise for our public association, AGiR! Action for Genomic integrity through Research! (
Genomic integrity, the concept putting together all the dynamic molecular genetic details of our cells, is now 10 years old!
Your purchase of chocolates can help AGiR! continue providing information and promoting research, the main goals of the association. We hope to help everyone understand why some risks are problematic (and could be readily avoided) for public health.
Please spread the word by telling your friends about this chocolate sale!
(Pour commander en français -
Genomic integrity is dynamic, and we can help protect it!
Would you like to order special chocolates to help support AGiR! ?
25g mini-bars of 'Chocolat Grand Cru' - example from M Uldry in Gruyère
the 2018 batch was absolutely delicious...
Maybe you have you even tasted these amazing chocolates before? (2018 Women in Science gift bags, gift from a friend, other?)
For this fundraising drive, the chocolates will be offered as packages of 2 bars (25g x2) for CHF 10 or 5 bars for CHF 20. Which label design would you prefer?
Generic Holiday label
When would you most like the chocolate delivery?
Before 15 December 2019
Between 16-21 December
Do you prefer to pay with a credit card, by bank transfer (e-banking), or some other method?
bank transfer (e-banking)
How many of the CHF 10 (2 bar) or CHF 20 (5 bar) packages do you want to order? Shipping is included for orders in Switzerland. (We'll get back to you with the shipping price for international orders.)
Please provide your contact details, including email and the full delivery address.
Maybe you have heard about our flyer campaign, to raise awareness of readily avoidable risks to our genomic integrity? It's now available in 14 languages!
We also have an old project idea around chocolate and genomic integrity, by the way, which we talked about already back in 2016, when we had a chocolate taste test at the open public lab Hackuarium! Here is some information about the participative research project: It should be done 'double blind' on numerous participants with two 'identical' chocolates that only differ in the levels of certain compounds thought to be good for our cells, flavanols. First, we would need to determine levels of these compounds, which requires outsourced analyses (expensive!). Then, we would make small tablets of both sorts, for controlled chocolate consumption by participants (who would not be sure if they had the high or low version of the dark chocolate). Ultimately, we would use a classic method to assess levels of DNA damage, like the micronucleus assay, depicted below, to first determine baseline levels and then find out whether effects on our own cells are observed after some time of regular consumption (2 weeks?). We'd love to hear what you think of this idea, get your input and know if you would want to participate! For more information, see:
Nucleosomes by Drew Berry, zooming in much further from the cellular level in the above image to the sub-nuclear level here! (from the AGiR! art call! see also:
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