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Michael and Julian from the Knight lab manned a stall at the Medical Science Division ‘family fun day’ in Banbury Town Hall, explaining aspects of our work on human disease genomics and in particular the European Research Council (ERC) funded programme of work relating to human leukocyte antigen (HLA) that we have recently completed at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, University of Oxford. The prodigious capacity of strawberries to yield DNA, each cell nucleus containing 8 copies of the chromosome set instead of the 2 copies found in humans, proved popular with our Genetics in the Kitchen approach to DNA extraction using a combination of salt, washing up liquid and very cold methylated spirits.