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The Amazing Mysteries Our Genomes can Help Solve
October 25, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm PDT
What genes cause diseases? How did our species evolve? How are human populations related? Thanks to a remarkable decrease in the cost of genome sequencing over the last decade, scientists have been able to begin answering such fundamental questions in biology and medicine. Listen as Professor Sankararaman, whose lab focuses on questions at the intersection of computer science, statistics and biomedicine, talks about how we can apply statistical models and algorithms to genome sequence data to infer the ancestries of individuals and populations. Hear what scientists have learned about populations throughout human history by applying these models to genome sequences, and learn how our genomic ancestry is leading to a deeper understanding of disease and evolution.