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Zombie Science: Worst Case Scenario

29 October 2012

Visitors to this week’s London Horror Festival will learn what to do in the event of a zombie outbreak in a workshop designed to entertain, inspire and educateteenage and adult audiences about zombiology, as well as other biological sciences.

Zombie Science: Worst Case Scenario is a new spoof tutorial about the real science behind a disease outbreak, supported by the Wellcome Trust and the University of Glasgow.

Theoretical Zombiologist Dr Austin will put audiences at the heart of a hypothetical epidemic of zombieism and explain what to do if an outbreak occurs, using a multi-media presentation and interactive demonstrations. The outcome of the outbreak is entirely down to the audience.

Dr Austin says: "Generally people believe the best way to deal with zombies is to conduct involuntary euthanasia, but murdering people afflicted with a disease isn't very nice, or effective."

Premiering at the London Horror Festival 2012, the tutorial is a sequel to the successful 2010/11 Zombie Science 1Z lecture, which explored the real science behind the undead and received a wealth of critical acclaim and five-star reviews.

Zombie Science: Worst Case Scenario expands on the science covered in the previous talks to communicate topics including genetics, virology and epidemiology. The tutorial will simulate a zombieism outbreak and demonstrate to the audience how the cause of a new disease is identified, what preventative measures can reduce its spread, and how treatments and cures are developed.

Ensuring the science is deadly accurate are a team of scientists including University of Glasgow scientists Dr Kevin O'Dell, senior lecturer in molecular genetics, and Dr Katie White, a research associate with a PhD in cardiovascular gene therapy.

"Always remember: in the fight against zombieism, the greatest weapon is knowledge - and crossbows, but mainly knowledge," says Dr Austin.

Zombie Science: Worst Case Scenario
Part of the London Horror Festival 2012

The Etcetera Theatre
265 Camden High St
London NW1 7BU

Monday 29 October-Wednesday 31 October 2012
19.30-20.30
£12/£10 concessions
Book online
Box office: +44 (0) 20 7482 4857

Image: ‘Zombie me goes to Japan’ by Digital Sextant on Flickr.

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