“Discover the secrets of the red squirrel genome” at New Scientist Live

Find out more about how sequencing genomes of the red squirrel and 24 other British species will help with knowledge and conservation

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ExCel London


Fri 21st Sep, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Why do some brown trout migrate to the open ocean, whilst others don’t? How do robins ‘see’ the magnetic fields of the Earth? Why are red squirrels vulnerable to the squirrel pox virus, when grey squirrels are not? The answers are in their genes.

Many people have heard about DNA sequencing and the Human Genome Project. But all species have a genome, from the blackberry to the bush cricket, and everything in between.

Researchers at the Wellcome Sanger Institute and its collaborators are sequencing 25 genomes of iconic British species for the first time. Hear their stories in this lively panel discussion and discover how the more we understand other species, the more we will be able to protect and conserve the planet, not just for ourselves, but for all its inhabitants