Planning time…

Well things are really getting underway now.  A very productive collaborators’ meeting on Friday came up with lots of good ideas from which we can put together a decent stand.  It’s now time to work out the footprint of our stand and what the major components are. Time to get the paper and scissors out and realise quite how tight 3m by 3m or 4m by 2m really is…

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Did you know that historical patterns of people’s movements, from Anglo-Saxon invasions to those of the Vikings and Normans, may have an impact on 21st Century medical science?

We began in 2004 with funding from the Wellcome Trust to collect blood samples from 4,500 people from rural populations throughout the British Isles. These are being used to look at the patterns of differences in people’s genetic make up around the UK. The project has two purposes, the first to help medical research, and the second to shed light on ancient migrations within the British Isles.

As part of this study, we are also interested in the inherited variation of facial features. Further funding from the Wellcome Trust has been given to return to our volunteers and collect 3D photographs of their faces, with the aim of identifying genes behind particular facial features.

We were really pleased to be chosen as one of the exhibitors at this year’s Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition and are now busy getting our act together…

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