Genome Lates: A special Human Genome Project anniversary season

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Genome Lates:  A special Human Genome Project anniversary season

To celebrate 20 years since the landmark first draft of the complete Human Genome, we’ll be exploring some of the groundbreaking work happening at the Wellcome Genome Campus in Cambridgeshire and meeting the people behind the science.

Our free online talks will present personal stories and reflect on breathtaking advances in genomic science, while inviting audiences to discuss and share views of the impact of new discoveries on their lives and wider society, today and into the future.

We’ll hear from our current Campus Institute Directors, people who worked during the earliest days of the Human Genome Project, some of today’s early career researchers, and scientists working to defeat the spread of COVID-19. 

The Genome Lates special anniversary season will run from July to November 2020. Sign up to our mailing list for regular updates and booking details.



30 July, 6-7.30pm 

Reading the book of life: What has genome sequencing ever done for us?

Twenty years after the first draft of the human genome project, Professor Sir Mike Stratton, director of the Wellcome Sanger Institute, reflects on how far we have come since those early days, in conversation with science writer and broadcaster Dr Kat Arney. From gaining deep understanding of human health, ageing and diversity through to bold plans to sequence the genomes of the entire tree of life and a future where it is possible to write and edit DNA as easily as we can read it, Stratton will share his insights and vision for the future - with a few surprises along the way.


Coming Up...

27 August, 6-7.30pm

Genomic Futures

Join us for a discussion with early career researchers, and scientists from the Wellcome Genome Campus. Tapoka Mkandawire, PhD student studying parasites and microbiome, Sanger Institute, Dr Piv Gopalasingam, Scientific Training Officer, EMBL’s European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) , Dr Virginie Uhlmann, Research Group Leader, EMBL-EBI, Menna Ghouraba, Advanced Research Assistant, Sanger Institute, will talk about their work and the contribution it will make to the future landscape of genomics and biodata.

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28 September, 6-7.30pm

Prof Ewan Birney, Deputy Director General of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and Joint Director of EMBL-EBI will touch on his experience working on the Human Genome Project, highlight some of the cutting-edge work taking place at EMBL-EBI, and offer his forecasts for the future of biodata.

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29 October, 6-7.30pm

Dr Jane Loveland, Annotation Project Leader, EMBL-EBI, Dr Kerstin Howe, Senior Scientific Manager, Sanger Institute, and Dr Simon G. Gregory, Professor of Neurology, Duke University School of Medicine will be reflecting on their work on the Human Genome Project, how we interpret and apply this knowledge today, and how the information will be accessed and used in future.

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26 November, 6-7.30pm

Dr Cordelia Langford and colleagues will be talking about how Wellcome Genome Campus is contributing to the COVID-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK) Consortium and how this vital collaborative effort will inform our understanding of the virus.

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You can also explore our YouTube channel for some great films and resources on the Human Genome Project.