[ASC-list] Free ANZAAS science talk, Melbourne, Wed 18th November, 6:30pm

David Vaux d.vaux at latrobe.edu.au
Tue Nov 10 01:35:17 UTC 2009

ANZAAS Vic Science Talk, Free, all welcome (booking not needed)
Free pizza and drinks after the talk. Bring your friends!

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

Wednesday 18th November 2009, at 6:30 pm

Professor Michael Hynes

Department of Genetics, University of Melbourne

Geneticists have a particular philosophy in how they approach the
unravelling of fundamental problems in biology. This involves the
investigation of the effects of the alteration of genes involved in the
process of interest. This methodology was highly successful long before the
discovery of DNA structure or the development of modern recombinant DNA
techniques. The use of organisms highly suited to rapid laboratory based
genetic studies has been fundamental to this. One group of such organisms is
the fungi. This will be illustrated by considering some fundamental Nobel
prize winning discoveries in Medicine, including the 2009 award, in which
the use of fungi for genetic analysis was crucial.
Fungi are a diverse group of organisms ubiquitous in the biosphere. They
perform essential roles in breaking down organic matter and in plant
nutrition. They are sources of food but can also cause spoilage. They are a
major source of plant diseases and an increasing problem as human infectious
agents. They are used widely in industry as sources of enzymes, antibiotics,
chemicals and, of course, alcohol. A personal case history of how my
fundamental research interests contributed accidentally to the development
and continuing use of DNA manipulations of industrial fungi will be
Professor Hynes' talk will be preceded by a short talk by:

Danielle Sevior, a PhD student from the Toxicology Centre, RMIT University

Her talk is titled "Inhibition of drug metabolism by herbal products"

Herbal products can interfere with prescription medications. Because such
interactions can have serious consequences it is important to be able to
predict the potential interactions. We have investigated the use of in vitro
preparations and sophisticated analytical methods for predictive screening
of such products.

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 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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