Gee Research Blog
It Pays to Be Different:Evolutionary Distinctiveness and Conservation Priorities
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:15:25 +0000
The world is currently experiencing an extinction crisis. A mass extinction on a scale not seen since the dinosaurs. While conservationists work tirelessly to try and protect the World’s biodiversity, it will not be possible to save everything, and it is important to focus conservation efforts intelligently. Evolutionary distinctiveness is a measure of how isolated [...]Read more...
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 [...]Read more...
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 [...]Read more...
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 [...]Read more...
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 [...]Read more...
Taught Masters are offered full-time over 12 months. The programme of work is divided into three parts: compulsory core modules, optional modules and a dissertation project based on an original piece of work.
This MSc is run by the UCL Genetics Institute (UGI) within GEE. The course provides students with in-depth knowledge of the genetics of human disease and how this can be applied to improve healthcare through the development of diagnostic tests and therapeutic agents. They will also get a strong grounding in cutting edge research methods and techniques used by scientists.
The MSc in Pharmacogenetics and Stratified Medicine, run by the UCL Genetics Institute (UGI), brings together the academic and clinical strengths of pharmacology, biochemistry and genetics at UCL. It provides an in-depth knowledge of pharmacology of drugs and the consequences of drug treatment. Students will learn about the approaches taken to study population groups and how this knowledge can be applied to improve human health.
(starts in September 2015)
The new MSc in Computational and Genomic Medicine, run by the UCL Genetics Institute (UGI), is a unique programme in the UK. It aims to provide students with general knowledge of Bioinformatics as well as to equip them with the specialised knowledge and skills required to use post-genomic data for predicting and defining the genetic basis of various human diseases. These allow students to be able to analyse human genomic data to develop innovative diagnostic tools and therapeutic approaches. It will provide an integrated view of computational and genomic science research and in-depth knowledge and skills of different research techniques in these fields.
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