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Surveying Galton's Legacy
Wed, November 15, 2017, 9:50 AM – 5:00 PM GMT
With the help of distinguished speakers Surveying Galton’s Legacy will illuminate the evolution of knowledge over the past century, in areas of human heredity related to Galton’s original work. We will begin with a historical perspective on Galton’s work in the context of prevailing ideas through the ages from the time when the work was first presented to the current era. Then we move into the practical scientific arenas of quantitative phenotype studies in selected populations to assess the role of genes on cognitive function with ageing; revealing the genetics of facial phenotype through measurement and genomics; the evolution of “fingerprinting” methods to check identity; the use of twin studies to dissect the roles of nature vs nurture; and the genetics of intellectual ability and disability.