Janet Thornton – The Importance of Genomics and Bioinformatics for the future of Medicine and Agriculture

Event Date: 27 March 2014

Room B01
Clore Management Centre
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX

The Department of Biological Sciences at Birkbeck presents:

The 2014 Bernal Lecture

Professor Dame Janet ThorntonThe Importance of Genomics and Bioinformatics for the future of Medicine and Agriculture

The past twenty years have witnessed a step change in biology. The impact of genomic sequencing and other high-throughput methods has revolutionised biological research. Whereas a lab researcher would once spend weeks analysing a gene sequence using molecular biology techniques, the same work can now be done in minutes using public databases of biological information.These databases are rapidly growing resources holding our collected knowledge on the whole spectrum of life.  With the promise of whole genome sequences for 100,000 UK citizens, we are poised at the moment when this knowledge can be translated into applications with benefits for society. This lecture will present a background to the field of data-intensive biology (bioinformatics) and examine how we are taking the first steps to exploit the power of biological data for applications in medicine, healthcare and agriculture.

Introduction: Professor David Latchman, CBE, Master of Birkbeck:

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Vote of thanks: Professor Gabriel Waksman FRS, Head of Department:

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