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Mendel Day Seminar: The Legacy of Mendel in Modern Genetics
Tue. 8 March 2016, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm AEDT
Gregor Mendel was an Austrian monk who lived from 1822-1884. His experiments and detailed observations of plant breeding led him to discover the basic principles of heredity, applicable not just to the peas he studied, but to much of life on earth. Mendel observed patterns in the way physical traits were inherited from one generation to the next and developed statistical methods to predict the outcomes of crosses between particular plants. Modern genetics is built upon a foundation of Mendel’s work.
March 8th 2016 will be celebrated in Austria and around the world as International Mendel Day, marking 150 years since the publication of Mendel’s work on plant hybrids.
We would like to invite you to a public seminar on the legacy of Mendel in modern genetics, hosted by the University of Canberra’s Institute for Applied Ecology, and the Genetics Society of AustralAsia. A panel of scientists will present short talks, explaining the importance of Mendel’s ideas to modern genetic research in evolution, ecology, health and forensics. Speakers will include:
- Professor Rod Peakall (ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment) - Cryptic species and speciation in orchids - insights from mendelian genetics
- Dr Linda Broadhurst (CSIRO National Research Collections) – Restoring Mendel’s legacy
- Dr Dennis McNevin (Faculty of Education, Science, Technology & Maths, University of Canberra) - Mendel’s legacy: Forensic DNA profiling
- Shelley Kennedy, MS, CGC Certified Genetic Counsellor (Capital Women's Health) – title TBC
- Dr Janine Deakin (Institute for Applied Ecology, University of Canberra) - Epigenetics: Defying Mendelian genetics
Talks will start at 6pm, followed by drinks, nibbles, and a display featuring some of the University of Canberra's genetics research from 7.30pm.
This is a free public event, but seating is limited. Please book to reserve your place!