Ministers and MPs View University of Leicester's Achievements in Genetics
from the University of Leicester recently prepared to present their world-class
achievements before a gathering of political figures.
Professor Ed Louis and Dr Rhona Borts presented some of the Department of
Genetics' recent developments to ministers and MPs to highlight the impact of
the presentation - on February 5 in the Savoy Hotel - were the
Secretary of State for Education and Skills, the Rt Hon Charles Clarke MP.
Department of Genetics at the University of Leicester is the only 5-star
research rated department in the UK (Research Assessment Exercise, 2001) and has
won the Queen's Anniversary Prize for pioneering research and its impact on
University genetics research highlights which were drawn to the attention
ministers and MPs included:
· Discovery of DNA genetic fingerprinting
· Study of heritable DNA changes and the impact of environmental factors
such as radiation
· DNA defects in inherited disorders -including deafness, birth defects,
psoriasis and eczema
· Study of infectious diseases
· Analysing aspects of behaviour
· Investigation of the genes and molecular mechanisms involved in diseases
such as cancer
· Probing human DNA diversity and origins
Louis said: "This was a wonderful opportunity to meet with MPs and ministers
and to highlight the impact of our work on industry, the public, science and
has been a tremendous year for the Department of Genetics and the University of
Leicester. We have recently launched the
Institute of Genetics which brings together more than 250 researchers from
across the University with the Department of Genetics at its centre."
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