How a complex web of chemical changes can have profound effects on gene expression and life itself
- Mon 19th Feb 2018
Our DNA genome is necessary but not sufficient for complex life. It’s overlaid and augmented by a complex web of chemical changes, that have profound effects on gene expression and life itself. This is the field of epigenetics, which is transforming our understanding of situations ranging from human cancers to crocodile gender; from the long-lasting effects of childhood trauma to the development of barley crops; from tortoiseshell cats to why humans don’t develop teeth in their eyeballs. Most controversially, even the inheritance of acquired characteristics (Lamarckism) may be a genuine epigenetic phenomenon.
Dr Nessa Carey, Imperial College, London
Absolutely brilliant; best yet. Despite having no background knowledge I was able to follow it and found the presentation entertaining as well as enlightening. Dr Carey's analogies were amusing but actually very helpful
Amazingly interesting considering that the main point was how little we know about epigenetics.
Exceptionally clear and engaging presentation on an important topic. A winning combination of informality and depth.
Exceptional in every way - the Q & A was outstanding...
Best speaker in the last year!
An outstanding achievement; I didn't do even O Level biology, but I now have a fairly decent understanding of the essentials of epigenetics.
She's lovely! Interacted with audience so well.
Best speaker of the past two years !!
The lecture was preceded by a short presentation from a CSAR PhD Student Award winner
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