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SciNaPPS Seminar: The hidden layer of genomic programming in human development and cognition


25 May 2012
SciNaPPS
SciNaPPS

SciNaPPS - Science, Neurology, and Psychiatry/Psychology Seminars - presents this free seminar on the hidden layer of genomic programming in human development and cognition at the Brain and Mind Research Institute.

Presented by Professor John Mattick, from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.

It appears that the genetic programming of humans has been misunderstood, because of the assumption that most genetic information is transacted by proteins.

Surprisingly, the human genome contains only about 20,000 protein-coding genes, similar to those in nematodes with only 1,000 somatic cells. By contrast, the extent of noncoding DNA increases with increasing developmental complexity, reaching 98.8% in humans.

Recent evidence indicates that the vast tracts of non-protein-coding sequences in the human genome are not junk, but rather specify hard- and soft-wired regulatory systems that direct the epigenetic processes underpinning development and brain function.


Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm

Location: Level 5 Lecture Theatre, 94 Mallet St, Camperdown.

Cost: Free

Contact: Wayne Reid

Phone: (02) 9114 4006

Email: 2527000350691e0a2f4f794b2b360b222b4c5c02461a5944

More info: http://sydney.edu.au/bmri/