[Press and Public Relations] Mammoth Lecture Planned For Schools At University of Leicester

December 2001

No 195

Schools and College students from the East Midlands are converging on the University of Leicester on December 19 for the Annual Christmas Lecture for Schools, sponsored by the Leicester Mercury.

The Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society Lecture is DNA from Microbes to Mammoths to Man and is being given by Dr Liz Sockett of the Institute of Genetics at the University of Nottingham.

This lecture will familiarise the audience with some of the properties of DNA and the genes. Genetic material from microbes will be compared and contrasted with that from humans.

Also covered by the lecture is ancient DNA – and what might be learnt from studying gene sequences from mammoths currently being defrosted.

Jacky Wetzig, Schools and Colleges Liaison Officer, said: “The annual Schools Lecture is always popular and we have nearly 500 pupils attending two lectures. They come from schools and colleges in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire.

“The lecture is aimed at students of Science from Year 11 upwards and provides a good reinforcement for pupils studying DNA, genomes and gene cloning at school or college.

“We are grateful to the Leicester Mercury whose generous support has made this annual lecture series possible.”

The lectures take place at 10.30am and 1.30pm on Wednesday 19 December in the Rattray Lecture Theatre, University of Leicester.


NOTE TO NEWSDESK: For more information, please contact Jacky Wetzig on 0116 252 2674.

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