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Alec Jeffreys wins this year's Edinburgh Medal

Alec Jeffreys wins this year's Edinburgh Medal

Posted by mjs76 at Mar 08, 2010 01:25 PM |

Congratulations to our own Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys who has been named as the recipient of this year’s Edinburgh Medal, awarded to those people in science and technology “who have made a significant contribution to the understanding and well-being of humanity.”

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Natural Sciences at the University of Leicester

Welcome to Natural Sciences at the University of Leicester, delivered by the Centre for Interdisciplinary Science, where you learn science by carrying out research from day one!

You will be taught by a core team of experienced teachers as well as leading researchers from across the fields of biology, chemistry, physics and earth sciences.

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Research Overview

Professor Nicholas Hartell

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Home page for Pat Heslop-Harrison

Pat Heslop-Harrison, Trude Schwarzacher and the Molecular Cytogenetics and Plant Cell Biology Group study the biology of the cell nucleus: its spatial and dynamic organisation or architecture, the function and interactions of its components, and the nature, evolution, expression, recombination and segregation of the DNA sequences within the nucleus at interphase, mitosis and meiosis. We look at repetitive DNA and its evolution, with a particular focus on tandemly repeated satellite sequences and retrotransposons. Key methods include molecular cytogenetics, DNA sequence analysis and systems biology approaches. Taking a comparative genomics approach, we have interlinked projects with a range of different species: a particular focus is on plant crop species (banana, cereals including wheat, rye and barley, brassicas, and cowpea), while important projects include work with Dictyostelium, Drosophila, Scallops (Pecten), and bovids.

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