Research Futures: Ancient DNA analysis: how life lingers on
Join the 19th session in the University of Portsmouth's Interdisciplinary Webinar Series, chaired by Leïla Choukroune, Professor of International Law and Director of the University of Portsmouth Thematic Area in Democratic Citizenship, and presented by Dr Garry Scarlett, an Associate Head in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Portsmouth.
Necromancy is the magical art of communicating with the dead. Over the past 35 years modern science has developed its own form of necromancy; the analysis of DNA recovered from the bones of long dead people and animals. Much of who we are is determined by our DNA, from physical characteristics to our preference in flavours, it is becoming increasingly clear that our genes play a significant role in defining us as individuals. Furthermore, as DNA is passed down to us from our ancestors, we can connect our modern world to long lost populations in surprising ways. In this Webinar I will outline the developments in the field of ancient DNA and focus on a case study of work conducted by the UoP in conjunction with the Mary Rose Trust.
Dr Garry Scarlett is an Associate Head in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Portsmouth. He is a Biochemist and Molecular Biologist by training and has a long standing and wide-ranging interest in the Biochemistry of nucleic acids. More information about the speaker can be found at https://www.port.ac.uk/about-us/structure-and-governance/our-people/our-staff/garry-scarlett