What makes you tick? Public lectures on genes, surnames and body clocks

Posted by vm64 at Feb 11, 2011 09:35 AM |
Two lectures on Tuesday 15 February 2011 will look at the important role genetics play in our lives, how they govern our body clocks and the connection with our surnames.

GENIE is our Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Genetics and their new Public Engagement Lecture Series explores the role of genes in our lives. The first lectures in October 2010 got a very positive response, so come to the next and see what the excitement is about.

By bringing together world-leading expertise on genetics (don't forget that DNA fingerprinting was discovered here at Leicester), many, many years of research, teaching and commitment to engage the public, GENIE is the perfect forum for making science accessible to non-scientists.

On Tuesday Professor Charalambos Kyriacou will give a half-hour talk on ‘Genes and Biorhythms’, explaining the genetic basis for the circadian rhythm or 'body clock', a biofeedback mechanism found in many plants and animals. However, he won't be explaining how turning on the bathroom light can give you cancer despite what certain newspapers claimed last year.

The second half of this genetics double bill is Dr Turi King speaking on ‘What’s in a Name? The Link between Surname and Genetics’. Dr King is one of the authors of a new book about a Leicester/Nottingham joint project to demonstrate the extent of Viking ancestry by correlating genetic profiles with surnames in Northwest England.

The lecture take place on Tuesday 15 February at 6.30pm in the Frank and Katherine May Lecture Theatre, Henry Wellcome Building, on Lancaster Road.

To book your place, please contact Laura Ellis at lfe3@le.ac.uk or 0116 252 3479.