[ASC-list] Free ANZAAS science talk, Melbourne, Wed 19th August, 6:30pm Note the time!!

David Vaux D.Vaux at latrobe.edu.au
Tue Aug 11 01:27:03 UTC 2009

ANZAAS Vic Science Talk, Free, all welcome (booking not needed)
Free pizza and drinks after the talk

At: Gene Technology Access Centre (GTAC), in the grounds of University High
School, 1H Royal Parade Parkville, off Story Street

Wednesday 19th July 2009, at 6:30 pm  **** note new time  ****

Professor Terry Speed

Head, Bioinformatics Division, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute

"Keeping afloat in the deluge of DNA sequence data"
There have been many advances in science and  technology since Watson and
Crick's 1953 publication of the structure of DNA, with several leading to
novel ways of generating DNA data.
In this talk, I'll outline the growth of technologies producing large
amounts of DNA data, and talk about the corresponding efforts to store,
display, analyze and interpret these data (called bioinformatics). My
primary focus will be on DNA sequence data, but I'll also discuss genotyping
and gene expression data. Technological themes include multiplexing,
miniaturization and Moore's Law, while computational themes include
algorithmic time and space requirements, and quick and dirty vs slow and
careful, and creative visualization. The underlying psychological theme is
working harder and running faster to stay in the same place in some
dimensions, at the same time as advancing dramatically in others.


Preceding Prof Speed's talk will be a 15 minute presentation from:

Luke Noble, PhD student, Department of Genetics, University of Melbourne
"Developmental competence in a model eukaryote, Aspergillus nidulans"

Developmental competence, the ability to differentiate in response to an
induction signal, is a recurrent phenomenon in biology. The genetic basis of
competence in the filamentous fungus A. nidulans is being studied by
mutational analysis, second-generation DNA sequencing and whole-genome gene
expression profiling.


Use the Royal Melbourne Hospital tram stop in Royal Parade. Parking
available at RMH, University of Melbourne, and designated places in Park
Drive, Royal Parade & Story Street

***We are pleased to acknowledge the support by GTAC, CSL, the Australian
Synchrotron, the Joint Academies and La Trobe University University for the
ANZAAS Melbourne science talks series***

Further Info:
Peter Kemeny:  Tel: 0409 028 165
               email peter.kemenyATgmail.com



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