[ASC-list] Free Public Lecture - 23 September at UNSW Australia

Joanna Wilson joanna at amsi.org.au
Wed Sep 17 03:11:32 UTC 2014

Dear ASC list

The 2014 AMSI-SSAI Lecturer, and recent Australian Museum Eureka Prize winner is giving a Public Lecture in Sydney next week.  There is still space available, please register directly with UNSW Australia.

Date:                     23 September 2014
Time:                    5.30pm
Venue:                 The Ritchie Theatre, Scientia Building, UNSW Australia
Registration:      www.science.unsw.edu.au/events/new-frontier-understanding-epigenetics-through-mathematics<http://www.science.unsw.edu.au/events/new-frontier-understanding-epigenetics-through-mathematics>

Title:                     Public Lecture - A New Frontier: understanding epigenetics through mathematics

Abstract:              Scientists have now mapped the human genome - the next frontier is understanding human epigenomes; the 'instructions' which tell the DNA whether to make skin cells or blood cells or other body parts.  Apart from a few exceptions, the DNA sequence of an organism is the same whatever cell is considered.  So why are the blood, nerve, skin and muscle cells so different and what mechanism is employed to create this difference?  The answer lies in epigenetics.  If we compare the genome sequence to text, the epigenome is the punctuation and shows how the DNA should be read. Advances in DNA sequencing in the last five years have allowed large amounts of DNA sequence data to be compiled.  For every single reference human genome, there will be literally hundreds of reference epigenomes, and their analysis could occupy biologists, bioinformaticians and biostatisticians for some time to come.


Joanna Wilson
Administrative Assistant (Research & Higher Education)
Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute

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