Genethon welcome the general public to their laboratories during the Science Fair or the Telethon. Tours can also be given year round, by appointment and under certain conditions.
Touring Genethon: what you can discover
During your visit, you will be welcomed by a Genethon employee, trained to guide and accompany you:
- At the DNA and Cell Bank created in 1990 and whose purpose it is to boost advances in genetic research by providing the scientific community with the high-quality services of a cell and DNA bank. It is the leading European bank for genetic diseases; it operates as a service to the entire medical and scientific community.
- In Imaging: Genethon has a platform that is able to generate and collect all preclinical data that can be used to assess the effectiveness, toxicity and side effects of a gene therapy product.
- In the showroom: Your guide will show you how a vector is made, as well as the quantities of vectors to be produced and the clinical requirements.
Touring Genethon: in practice
- Tours are intended for adults and adolescents aged 16 and above. For safety reasons, young children are not admitted.
- School groups (high schoolers only) are invited to sign up for the Science Fair (in October) or for the Telethon (in December). Some tours can be conducted outside of these periods for high school Juniors or Seniors.
- Tours take place during the week between 10:00am and 2:00pm by appointment.
- The tour lasts around 2 hours.
- Groups are made up of 10 to 20 people maximum; we can host 2 groups at the same time (for a maximum of 40 people).
Note that for participants with walking difficulties or using wheelchairs, the number of participants is reduced.
- Since demand for tours is very high, please plan your visit well in advance (around 3 months before your desired visit date).
- For reasons inherent to laboratory work, animals are not permitted on our premises. This measure also includes service dogs.