Genome Lates: Big Data in Biology: The good, the bad, the ugly

6:00 pm on September 28, 2020 | Online Talk

They say you can bet on anything… Meet the man who organised a bet known as the GeneSweep for scientists working on the Human Genome Project, he had over 460 bets by the time the draft of the human genome was published in 2003. 

If you missed the event you can catch up with our YouTube recording below, Prof Ewan Birney, Deputy Director General of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and Joint Director of EMBL-EBI in conversation with mathematician, author and presenter Dr Hannah Fry. They touch on his experience working on the Human Genome Project, highlight some of the cutting-edge work taking place at EMBL-EBI, and offer his forecasts for the future of biodata.


This event was part of a special Human Genome Project anniversary season 2020 to celebrate 20 years since the landmark first draft of the complete Human Genome. Over the season we explored some of the groundbreaking work happening at the Wellcome Genome Campus in Cambridgeshire and met the people behind the science. Our free online conversations presented personal stories and reflected on breathtaking advances in genomic science, while inviting audiences to discuss and share views of the impact of new discoveries on their lives and wider society, today and into the future. We heard from our current Campus Institute Directors, people who worked during the earliest days of the Human Genome Project, some of today’s early career researchers, and scientists working to defeat the spread of COVID-19.


You can also explore ourYouTube channelfor some great films and resources on the Human Genome Project.


Image: Java code that implements image pre-processing (filtering) operations, EMBL-EBI