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Departmental seminar - Aylwyn Scally : Unearthing structure and complexity in human and great ape evolution

When Jan 17, 2019
from 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM
Where Genetics Part II Room
Contact Name Chris Illingworth
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The Genetics Seminar Series talk will be at 14:00 in the Part II Room on Thursday 17th January 2019.  There will also be an opportunity to meet the speaker in the Department of Genetics tea room immediately after the talk from 15:00 until 15:30 and biscuits will be provided. 

Dr Aylwyn Scally from Department of Genetics, University of Cambridge will be speaking and the title of the talk is,

''Unearthing structure and complexity in human and great ape evolution''

Demography is central to evolutionary and quantitative genetics, particularly our understanding of natural selection and the relationship between genotype and phenotype. I will show how developments in genome sequencing technology and computational methods have dramatically increased our power to infer ancestral demography using a rapidly growing number of genomes in humans and the great apes. The similar growth in availability of ancient DNA has added a new dimension and enabled us to resolve the details of hitherto unexpected past events. But the more we learn, the more complicated the picture becomes, and as I will describe, our current methods are increasingly struggling. I will discuss some new approaches which may help break the impasse.

Host: Chris Illingworth

Graduate students are expected to attend unless they have made alternative arrangements with the series organisers.