Professor gives public lecture

Nobel Prize winner Professor Sir John Sulston will be giving a public lecture in Lancaster.
Nobel Prize winner Professor Sir John Sulston will be giving a public lecture in Lancaster.
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A NOBEL Prize winner involved in the first ever mapping of the human genetic code is to give a public lecture in Lancaster.

Professor Sir John Sulston FRS is to give the third annual public lecture organised by the Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (Cesagen), a collaboration between Cardiff and Lancaster Universities.

A biologist, Sir John was awarded the Nobel Prize for physiology and medicine in 2002 jointly with Sydney Brenner and Robert Horvitz, for their work in understanding the development of a nematode worm.

He traced its cell lineage: the ways in which cells divided, move and sometimes die as the animal grows.

This knowledge opened the way to deciphering genetic instructions that are involved in cancers, as well as in the normal growth of an animal.

In 1992, he was appointed the first director of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, in Cambridgeshire.

He received his knighthood for services to genome research in the 2001 New Year’s Honours, and now chairs the Institute of Science, Ethics and Innovation at the University of Manchester.

The public lecture – Our Biological Heritage and Our Human Future; Living and Flourishing Sustainably – is on May 24 at Lancaster Town Hall at 6pm.

Previous public lectures have included Professor Allen Roses, Sarah Darwin, Professor Tim Lang and Sir Alec Jeffreys, who developed DNA fingerprinting.

Attendance at the lecture is free, but registration is requested.

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