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Nov 06, 2017

Seminar - Can we still learn new concepts from model bacterial genomes? (Speaker: Professor Antoine Danchin)

Professor Antoine Danchin​
Member of the French Academy of Sciences 
President, AMAbiotics SAS, France 
Honorary Professor, School of Biomedical Sciences, The University of Hong Kong 

Date: Mon, 6-November-2017
Time: 11:00 AM
Venue: Seminar Room 4, G/F, Laboratory Block
Faculty of Medicine Building
21 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong

This year is the twentieth anniversary of the first sequencing of the two modela bacterial genomes, that of Escherichia coli and that of Bacillus subtilis. During these decades a considerable amount of work tried to decipher some of the features that remained obscure after the first discovery of genomics in 1991 observed that, despite all efforts worldwide to understand bacterial life, some half of the genes remained of unknown function. While there is still a sizeable number of genes we cannot account for, we now know what could be the setup of the minimal genome of gamma-Proteobacteria and of Firmicutes, with some surprises. Professor Danchin will extract from reannotation of the genomes a few pictures of the cell life that may have escaped attention of most investigators.