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Gee Research Blog

Dating Mammalian Evolution

Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:14:37 +0000

When the age of the dinosaurs ended around 65 million years ago, mammals stepped in to fill the gap, and the age of the placentals began. However, whether early placental mammals were already present on Earth before the demise of the dinosaurs has been the subject of a long standing debate. Recent research in GEE [...]

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The Delicate Balance of Effect and Response

Tue, 18 Feb 2014 11:50:36 +0000

We may not always be aware of it, but many wild plants, animals, fungi and even bacteria, provide crucial services to us which keep the ecosystems of Earth functioning. Environmental changes caused by human activities are now threatening many species, and those that cannot withstand these changes may be lost forever, potentially taking the services [...]

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It’s All in the Wrist

Fri, 20 Dec 2013 16:18:20 +0000

The evolution of the primate wrist has been dramatic, enabling primates to adapt to a wide variety of lifestyles and walking styles, including tree-swinging, climbing and terrestrial walking both on four legs and two. In hominids, the evolution of the bipedal gait freed up the forelimbs for tool use, and the wrist evolved independently from [...]

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The Transcriptional Profile of A ‘Wingman’

Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:25:48 +0000

In many species, males have special adaptations to attract females. From antlers to stalk-eyes, to bright plumage and beards, males across the animal kingdom work hard to look attractive to the opposite sex. In some species, looking good isn’t enough, though. Male wild turkeys need a less attractive ‘wingman’ to help him attract a woman. [...]

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Damage and Fidelity: The Role of the Female Germline in mtDNA Inheritance

Mon, 11 Nov 2013 15:13:12 +0000

Billions of years ago, one single-celled organism engulfed another, beginning a symbiotic interaction that would change live on Earth forever. The mitochondria are what remains of this symbiotic event, and are responsible for producing energy in all eukaryotic cells. Derived from a free-living organism, they carry their own genes, but these genes are at risk [...]

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Taught Masters


This programme is offered full-time over 12 months beginning in September 2011. It is divided into three parts:- compulsory core modules, optional modules and a dissertation project.
An MSc will be awarded on satisfactory completion of the compulsory module, one of nine optional modules and a dissertation based on an original piece of work of research.

MSc in Genetics of Human Disease

This MSc is run by the UCL Genetics Institute (UGI) within GEE. It provides scientists and clinicians with an in-depth knowledge of the genetics of human disease and how this can be applied to improve healthcare through the development and application of diagnostic tests and therapeutic agents. The one year full time course, led by directors Prof Steve Humphries and Prof Andres Ruiz-Linares, draws together cross-departmental teaching (Biology, Medicine, Psychology, Anthropology, Statistics) providing a thorough grounding in modern approaches to the understanding of the genetics of disease. The core modules provide a broad coverage of the genetics of disease, research skills and social aspects, whilst specialised modules allow a more in depth analysis of two or more specialised subject areas. All course modules are supplemented with talks from the Henry Stewart Talks collection. The two research projects, one library-based and the other generating new data, provide in-depth research experience in two areas of genetics.
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MSc in Pharmacogenetics and Stratified Medicine

The brand new MSc in Pharmacogenetics and Stratified Medicine, run by the UCL Genetics Institute (UGI) within GEE, will provide scientists and clinicians with an in-depth knowledge of: the pharmacology of drugs; the consequences of drug treatment for individuals with respect to their genotype; the analysis and statistical methods used to study population groups and how this knowledge can be applied to improve human health, drug efficacy and alleviate human disease through the development and application of diagnostic tests or therapeutic agents.
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