Mendel Medal Lecture: Argentina, BRCA and chimpanzees

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Friday 8 March

The Theatre

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • Credit: The Genetics Society


Standard £16


Concession £10


Ri Members and Ri Patrons £7

Event description

This event was previously advertised as The Genetic Society Mendel Lecture.

Mary-Claire King is one of the world's leading geneticists. She is known for three major accomplishments: identifying breast cancer genes; demonstrating that humans and chimpanzees are 99% genetically identical and applying genomic sequencing to identify victims of human rights abuses. Join us at the Genetics Society's Mendel Lecture to hear about her life and work.

About the speaker

Mary-Claire King is Professor of Genome Sciences and of Medicine (Medical Genetics) at University of Washington. Her research group uses genetics and genomics to study informative families and populations in order to identify genes responsible for complex human conditions. Their primary areas of interest are inherited breast and ovarian cancer, the genetics of schizophrenia, and Mendelian disorders in children. They are particularly interested in disentangling genetic heterogeneity in complex traits, thereby discovering individually rare severe alleles that cause common disorders.  Their lab also applies genomic sequencing to the identification of victims of human rights abuses. 


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