The Systematics Association 2017 President's Lecture | On the Malleability of Genomes

Date:
Venue:
The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF, United Kingdom
Organiser: The Systematics Association

PARTNER EVENT 18:00–19:00, Wednesday 29 November

The Systematics Association, President's Lecture

presidents lecture

The relationship between sequence and function has proven difficult to fully elucidate but it is key to understanding what makes a species unique. Large-scale studies can help to bridge the gap in our understanding by revealing major patterns in the data that correlate genotype with function or phenotype. We take two complementary approaches to identifying the evolution of species-specific proteins/protein functions using genome-scale data and computational evolutionary models. I will present some work we have undertaken, using a phylogenetic approach, on the link between genotype, phenotype, fitness and indeed behaviour. In particular I will describe how taking an applied evolutionary approach to modelling the mammal innate immune system may provide us with an increased understanding of species-specific response to disease/drugs at the molecular level. To finish, I will present some snapshots from our ongoing work into the identification of "new genes' - some of which are species-specific.”

Wine will be served after the lecture to members and their guests.

For more information please visit the Systematics Association website.