SciNaPPS Seminar: The hidden layer of genomic programming in human development and cognition
25 May 2012
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.
Contact: Wayne Reid
Phone: (02) 9114 4006
More info: http://sydney.edu.au/bmri/