IntroductionDirector to speak at international science meeting.
Egenis Director Professor John Dupré is heading for Vancouver, Canada, this week, to speak at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), one of the most widely recognised global science events.
The AAAS says, “This year’s theme of ‘Flattening the World: Building a Global Knowledge Society’ is intended to focus the program on the complex, interconnected challenges of the 21st century and on pathways to global solutions through international, multidisciplinary efforts.”
Prof Dupré, who last year was elected a Fellow of the AAAS, will speak in the session ‘Global knowledge: The challenge of diversity and localism’.
“It is increasingly accepted that there are few simple correlations between phenotype and genotype, and phenotypes develop as a result of interactions between genes and environments,” says Prof Dupré. “One implication is that different human environments may affect gene expression so that the same gene might have a different phenotype in Buffalo, Budapest, or Beijing. This talk will consider this kind of genetic localism, together with possible implications for technologies such as personalized medicine.”