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Talk Milner Award Lecture 2019

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Towards the Genomic Footprints of Life

Milner Award Lecture 2019 given by Professor Eugene Myers.

We are about to enter an era of DNA technology where one can determine the genome sequence of any living animal or plant with near perfect fidelity for €1,000 or less. Already there are nascent projects such as the Vertebrate Genome Project (VGP) whose goal is to sequence every one of the more than 70,000 species of vertebrates currently extant on our planet. As such, this ability will revolutionize ecology, evolution, and conservation science and effectively mark the beginning of a new exploration of the natural world.

The lecture will start with a brief review of the history of DNA sequencing technology and the computational problems involved in interpreting the data so produced. This history begins with Fred Sanger’s sequencing of the virus “lambda” in 1980, continues to the sequencing of the Human genome in 2000, and culminates in the present with an introduction to the transformative technologies alluded to above. However, the primary hurdle in this future vision is actually computational and the issues and potential approaches to addressing them will be discussed. Professor Myers will present several recent findings enabled by having the genome sequences of related species and conclude with a prospectus of what could be discovered in the future.

The Royal Society Milner Award and Lecture is kindly supported by Microsoft Research.

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Mon 2 Dec 2019, 6:30pm

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Royal Society
6-9 Carlton House Terrace
The Arts Council
The Arts Council
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