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Synthetic Biology and Conservation

Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:20:18 +0000

Synthetic biology, a hybrid between Engineering and Biology, is an emerging field of research promising to change the way we think about manufacturing, medicine, food production, and even conservation and sustainability. A review paper released this month in Oryx, authored by Dr Kent Redford, Professor William Adams, Dr Rob Carlson, Bertina Ceccarelli and CBER’s Professor [...]

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Measure Twice, Cut Once: Quantifying Biases in Sexual Selection Studies

Wed, 25 Jun 2014 10:44:30 +0000

Bateman’s principles are conceptually quite simple, but form the basis of our understanding of sexual selection across the animal kingdom. First proposed in 1948, Bateman’s three principles posit that sexual selection is more intense in males than in females for three reasons: 1) males show more variability in the number of mates they have (mating [...]

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Technology for Nature?

Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:23:54 +0000

Many of our greatest technological advances have tended to mark disaster for nature. Cars guzzle fossil fuels and contribute to global warming; industrialised farming practices cause habitat loss and pollution; computers and mobile phones require harmful mining procedures to harvest rare metals. But increasingly, ecologists and conservation biologists are asking whether we can use technology [...]

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Nice Flies Don’t Finish Last: Meiotic Drive and Sexual Selection in Stalk-Eyed Flies

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 15:54:47 +0000

While it might seem as though our genes are all working together for our own good, some of them are actually rather selfish. Scientists have known about ‘selfish genetic elements’ for nearly a century, but research to understand their behaviour and effects is ongoing. Recent research in GEE reveals how sexually selected traits are signalling [...]

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Finding a Place to Call Home: Translocation and the Plight of the Hihi

Fri, 16 May 2014 13:13:56 +0000

Climate change alters how climate is distributed both geographically and temporally. Over the coming decades, for species sensitive to climatic variables, it may become a case of ‘relocate or die’ – those species that are not able to shift their populations from old, unsuitable habitat into newly emerging suitable habitat, in line with climate change, [...]

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2011 is the 100th anniversary of the death of Francis Galton

17 May 2011

2011 is the 100th anniversary of the death of Francis Galton, the “father of eugenics” and a key figure in the history of science and of UCL. The Galton Collection, the Petrie Museum and UCL Special Collections are marking the centenary of Galton, an often controversial academic, with a number of exhibitions over the year – including the unveiling of a recently discovered photograph of Galton on his deathbed.

Galton portrait


Two exhibitions use the superb resources of the Galton Collection and UCL’s Special Collections to explore the historical content of Galton’s life and work.

This year also marks the beginning of a major project to digitise the Galton archive and collection with a view to making the material accessible to the public. Preparatory work will begin in 2011 as part of a programme generously supported by the Wellcome Trust.

An Enquiring Mind: Francis Galton 1822-1911

UCL Main Library, Wilkins Building: now - December 2011.

From baby hair to death mask, exhibits from the Galton Papers held by UCL Special Collections and the Galton Collection display Francis Galton’s life, many diverse interests, investigations and associations. His handprint, hand writing, travel journals, family photographs, statistics from his laboratory, a stuffed wallet, all combine to illustrate the timeline of his life. This exhibition also includes an exciting new find of a photograph of Galton on his deathbed, which will soon enter the Galton Collection. Gallery talks on Galton by a leading UCL academic will also be offered (times to be advertised).

Image: A portrait of Francis Galton in profile aged 66 (c. 1888). Credit: Galton Collection.

Links: 

For the online exhibition

For the Galton Collection

For article in The Lancet

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