Royal Society of Biology East Midlands Charter Lecture welcomes Sir Walter Bodmer

Posted by rmt22 at Apr 18, 2016 11:35 AM |
This lecture on Tuesday 26 April will look at genetic variation within the British Isles, including a 'genetic map' of the British people.

On Tuesday 26 April 2016 the Royal Society of Biology East Midlands Charter Lecture will be presented by Professor Sir Walter Bodmer. The Charter Lecture is hosted by GENIE Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology, and is entitled: Genes, history and archaeology: A case study of the British people.

Genetic variation has been used to study the interrelationships of human populations since the early 20th century. With the discovery of more ways to study individual differences at the genetic level, the ability to relate human populations to each other has become more and more sophisticated.

With modern techniques of DNA sequence analysis it has now become possible to use a million or more genetic markers to do a fine genetic analysis even of populations as closely related as those of different parts of the British Isles. Using this approach, the team have created a 'genetic map' of the people of the British Isles, revealing a striking concordance between genetic clusters and geography. The regional patterns of genetic differentiation, and their differing mixture profiles, carry clear signals of events in the history of the UK population.

Sir Walter Bodmer is currently head of the Cancer and Immunogenetics Laboratory at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine in Oxford with major research interests in the fundamental genetics and biology of colorectal cancer and their potential applications, and in the characterisation and population distribution of genetic diversity in human populations. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1974, a Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Sciences in 1981 and was Knighted in 1986 for his contributions to science. He was amongst the earliest to suggest the human genome project and was the second President of HUGO, the Human Genome Organisation.

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